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Fatal Accident In Lee's Summit Under Investigation

Fatal Accident In Lee's Summit Under Investigation

May 21, 2011

By Sgt. Chris Depue, LSPD

Tribune Photo / Fred Poese

On 5/21/11 at 11:30 a.m. officers with the Lee’s Summit Missouri Police Department responded to the
intersection of 291 Highway and Chipman Road on a report of a motor vehicle accident.  Upon arrival, officers located the two vehicles involved, a maroon Subaru Legacy and a gray Chevrolet pickup. 

Witness reports indicate that the truck was travelling northbound on M-291 Highway and failed to stop for the red signal and struck the driver’s side of the Subaru which was headed west to cross the highway. 

The driver of the Subaru, a 55 year old male from Kansas City, Missouri was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the pickup truck was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.  The accident investigation is on-going and the name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notifications.

********UPDATED 5/23/2011*******

The victim from Saturday’s crash has been identified as David G. Smith of Kansas City, Missouri.  The victim was sixty-five years of age, he had been previously identified as being fifty-five years of age.

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  1. Lee says:
    May 22nd, 2011 at 02:17
    No excuse for running a red light and this driver should have stopped but the lights on MO-291 have been out of synch for several weeks, after they had set them to run well so you wouldn't have to stop every stop light. I travel north on MO 291 regularly from Langsford Road and there have been many times whereI have sat at every light all the way up to getting on I-470. I have also noticed many people not paying attention and it is though they see the light being green one light north of Chipman instead of focusing on the Chipman signal and they stop suddenly when they realize it or they run the red light. Perhaps the Tribune should do an investigative report on the light synch problem on MO-291 before someone else gets hurt or killed.
  2. Jordan says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 05:36
    I was there with three other bystanders. I am happy I went to the scene the second I heard it as I live only 300ft from the scene because I figured I might be the only one to know first aid. I didn't know he was going to pass away on us, I thought he was going to survive. I just want to know about the female passenger. Is she okay? I don't see why the press release held that back from the public.
  3. Kent says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 17:27
    I came upon the accident just after it happened.
    I'm not sure why the news didn't mention the female passenger in the reports. Maybe it's privacy conerns. I hope she is ok too. I was there helping to immobilize her until the police and parameds got there.
    There was no way to effectively administer CPR on the driver. We didn't know the extent of his injuries and could have made things worse or put the passenger at greater risk. We did the right thing by helping where we could and moving out of the way when the EMT's got there.
  4. Thankful says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 02:56
    Jordan / Kent,
    The other passenger is in recovery.
    I offer my sincere thanks to you for helping where you were able.
  5. Ronda says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 13:22
    That is terrible! I agree 291 & Langsford (2nd St.) for one is dangerous. I travel it often & cars speed through there from all directions. By the time cars go through on yellow or try to beat the arrows changing, it gets treacherous. Southbound vehicles seem to come flying through. Many close calls on 291.

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