Overnight crash takes a life in Independence

By The Examiner staff

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.