KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for his actions in a May 7 crash in which a female passenger was ejected from his vehicle and run over by a passing motorist.
Police believe Andrew Lee Smith, 27, was the driver in the accident in which 21-year-old Taylor Jett, a passenger in the vehicle, was ejected after hitting a cable barrier on Interstate 435 near Truman Road. Jett landed in a lane of traffic.
Witnesses told police they saw the driver of the car flee the scene, leaving Jett on the highway.
Kevin Jarmon was also driving on I-435 at the time of the crash, and couldn’t avoid running over her.
“I said, ‘Oh my God!’” Jarmon told FOX 4 at the time, “and I turned the car, I swerved and I tried to go around her.”
But it all happened so fast and Jarmon couldn’t avoid accidentally running over Jett’s legs.
“I was just broke up,” he said, “and I couldn’t say anything. I was crying.”
Jarmon pulled over and got out of his car, dodging other speeding cars to search for Jett’s body along the dark interstate.
“I wasn’t going to leave her out there by herself,” he said. “Whether the other witnesses were going to show up or not, I was going to go back and I was going to find her.”
Jett was critically injured, but survived.
Police are now searching for Smith. He is described as a white male, age 27, standing 6 feet 2 inches, weighing about 165 pounds, with brown hair. A felony warrant has been issued for $7,500 for Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash.
If you have seen Andrew Smith, or have any information on his whereabouts, call KCPD’s Traffic Investigations at (816) 482-8190 or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.