CLAY COUNTY — A fatal crash ending in Smithville drew attention of multiple area law enforcement agencies Monday, July 15.
Around 6:30 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A radio dispatchers, serving Clay County, heard of a pursuit involving Pleasant Valley Police Department, highway patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Andy Bell said.
Clay County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Specialist John Bazzano said his office heard Oakview Police Department request assistance from other agencies as the vehicle was fleeing law enforcement.
According to a highway patrol crash report, a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Kelly Cannon, 39, of Kansas City, failed to yield to law enforcement, resulting in a vehicle pursuit.
Bell said dispatchers reported Pleasant Valley Police pursuing the vehicle for traffic violations when it continued westbound on 68th Street from Holly in Pleasant Valley city limits.
"The occupants were discarding items from the vehicle during the pursuit," Bell said. "The pursuit continued northbound on U.S. Highway 169."
As the vehicle reached Smithville, Clay County Sheriff's Office deputies deployed stop sticks, also referred to as spike strips, near Amory Road.
According to the MSHP report, the vehicle struck the strips and the driver, Cannon, over-corrected. The SUV traveled off the left side of the road and overturned, ejecting all three occupants, who did not wear seat belts. In addition to Cannon, ejected were passengers Jeffery F. Baldwin, 36, of Kansas City; and Wilma J. McClasky, 59, of Kansas City.
According to the crash report, Baldwin was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. Around 9 p.m., McClasky was pronounced dead at North Kansas City Hospital after being transported there by ambulance.
Cannon, who suffered serious injuries, was also transported to North Kansas City Hospital. She remained in serious condition as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.
Missouri State Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation.