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Independence man dies in crash

The Examiner staff

An Independence man died Wednesday evening after his vehicle crashed into a tree and overturned and he was ejected.

The fatal crash happened about 8:40 p.m. Police say Leonard Byrd, 51, was eastbound on 37th Terrace Court, between Arrowhead Avenue and Jackson Drive, behind the AMC Independence Commons 20 theater, when his 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser left the street and crashed. Byrd was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the Toyota. He died at the scene.

Independence Police continue to investigate the crash.