A driver was who was injured after slamming into two vehicles on U.S. 24 Thursday evening may face several charges.
Independence police public information officer Darrell Schmidli said that a male driver struck another vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Forest Avenue at about 6 p.m. Thursday, but did not stop.
He continued west driving carelessly and nearly striking several other vehicles before running a red light at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Sterling Avenue and collided with another vehicle, flipping his vehicle onto its roof. Three vehicles received damage in that collision.
A female passenger climbed out of the vehicle and fled but was later found. The driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The second crash caused damage to a nearby utility pole, which was later repaired by power crews. It also forced police to close the intersection for a while to clean up the scene and make repairs.
Schmidli said rumors of it being an attempted suicide were false. “It was purely a careless driver, who was possibly under the influence of something,” he said. “Possibly a medical condition that caused reckless driving.”