Overnight crash takes a life in Independence
A woman died in a two-vehicle wreck at about 3 a.m. Sunday in southwest Independence.
Independence police say a woman driving a Ford Explorer was headed east on U.S. 40 and came to Sterling Avenue. Police say she failed to pull over when an officer trried to stop her for a traffic violation near U.S. 40 and Willow Avenue, less than a half-mile away, and the officer turned off his emergency lights when the driver sped away.
A Lincoln was turning left onto southbound Sterling. The Explorer hit the Lincoln and then hit the concrete base of a traffic signal. The Explorer’s driver was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police have not released the driver’s identity.
The driver and passenger of the Lincoln were unhurt, police said.
The crash remains under investigation.