A 26-year-old Lee's Summit man suffered serious injuries when a sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of his vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Missouri 291, according to Independence police.

A 26-year-old Lee's Summit man suffered serious injuries when a sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of his vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of Missouri 291, according to Independence police.


The man was sitting in the driver's seat of a 2002 Ford Focus at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday at Missouri 291 and Hidden Valley Road. The accident happened in the northbound lanes.


The man had pulled over because of a flat tire. He was staying in the vehicle, waiting for help to arrive, according to police.


A 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 25-year-old Grandview man, smashed into the smaller Ford Focus.


The man in the Focus was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, police say.


The Tahoe driver was not seriously injured. He refused medical attention, according to police.


There were no other passengers in either vehicle.


The names of the men were not released.


The driver of the Tahoe was in custody but has since been released.


The crash investigation continues. A case will be presented to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office when the investigation is finished, according to police