Victim’s girlfriend says man involved in crash with deputy has brain bleed, broken bones

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The man involved in a crash with a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy Wednesday morning is fighting for his life.

A family friend called the FOX4 newsroom and said the 29-year-old crash victim is a father of four, who’s in the ICU right now at Research Hospital with critical injuries.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy tried to stop a driver for a traffic violation. The driver didn’t pull over, and another deputy released a magnetic GPS tracker on the car.

They turned off their lights and sirens and stopped directly following the driver. Instead, they followed dispatch's instructions based off the GPS.

"When they were following behind listening to the dispatcher to where the vehicle was going to, that's when the accident occurred," Raashid Brown with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

While they were following on eastbound 350 Highway near Maple Road, a deputy crashed into another driver -- unrelated to the pursuit. That driver, identified in the police crash report as Chris Reed, now has serious injuries.

The victim’s girlfriend told FOX4 that he has a brain bleed, along with other serious injuries such as broken bones and spinal fractures. She also said the crash ripped off his left ear, and it had to be sewn back on.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Reed and his family financially.

"We wouldn't wish this on anybody," Brown said.

The crash report identifies the deputy driving as Sean Stoff, who sustained minor injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

As of right now, the Sheriff's Office says Stoff is still employed and aren't sure if he will be placed on some kind of leave. There was a dog in the car during the crash, but he was found safe.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have since arrested the man who led them on the pursuit. They also recovered that vehicle near 40 Highway and Sterling.

But the community is left wondering if the pursuit leading up the serious crash that hurt an innocent man was necessary. The Jackson County Sheriff Office's policy is under review.

"I can't discuss that. Our captains did meet about it. All of our policies are something that come into review quite frequently," Brown said.

Victim vehicle hit near 350-Highway and Gregory Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

The damaged sheriff's deputy's patrol vehicle.