Kansas City police have identified the fourth victim from last Friday's fatal two-vehicle crash on 23rd Street as 24-year-old Anthony Belton Jr., of Kansas City.
Belton was a back-seat passenger in the Dodge Avenger that was T-boned by a Jeep Patriot fleeing Independence police westbound at about 100 mph. The crash happened about 4 p.m. Friday at the intersection of 23rd and Television Place in Blue Summit near Interstate 435, as the Dodger was turning from eastbound 23rd north onto Television Place.
Two people in the Dodge – 29-year-old Aaron Daniel of Grandview and 30-year-old Shawn Johnson of Kansas City – died at the scene. Belton died later at a hospital. The front-seat passenger in the Jeep, 27-year-old Amanda Perry of Independence, also died at the scene. Two other passengers in the Jeep and one other passenger in the Dodge were seriously injured.
The Jeep’s driver, 24-year-old Victoria Brown of Kansas City, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of resisting lawful arrest, though prosecutor’s office said charges could be amended with the fourth fatality.
According to court documents, Independence Police had started chasing the Jeep after recognizing it as a stolen vehicle, learning the license plate came back for another vehicle, watching it run a stop sign and then begin to speed away before police switched on their emergency lights. The chase lasted less than a minute, police said, and officers failed to gain ground on the Jeep even going 90 mph and lost sight of the vehicle shortly before the fatal collision.