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


Police say Travis M. Miller died at Centerpoint Medical Center from injuries suffered early Sunday morning.

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

Police say Travis M. Miller died at Centerpoint Medical Center from injuries suffered early Sunday morning.

Miller was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2002 Ford Focus at approximately 6 a.m. on Missouri 291 at Hidden Valley Road. The collision happened in the northbound lanes.

Miller 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 Tahoe driver, who has not been identified, was not seriously injured. He refused medical attention, according to police.

There were no other passengers in either vehicle.
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.