Two crash victims remain hospitalized; police release dashcam video of chase

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Independence man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal crash that happened Monday. Independence police say they chased 22-year-old Andrew Stark's vehicle into Kansas City, but stopped the high-speed chase minutes before he crashed into a car with three people.

As Stark faces a list of charges ranging from second-degree murder to leaving the scene of an accident, a 35-year-old woman and mother of four is fighting for her life. Police released dash cam video of some of the chase the led up to the crash on Monday.

The video reveals a silver car speed past a Jeep as it turns on Hall Avenue. Independence police say the driver weaving in and out of traffic in a silver Saab was Stark. Police say Stark was clocked at over 100 mph and behind the wheel on a revoked license.

You can hear a police officer call into dispatch saying he stopped the chase. Seconds later, the officer stops at a light on Topping and minutes later he comes up to the accident scene on 23rd and Hardesty.

Police say Stark ran a red light, and the impact of the resulting crash killed the driver of a Chevrolet passenger car, 35-year-old Jason Lewis. Jessica Acoff, a friend of the victim, said Lewis leaves behind a wife and several children. She’s also upset that police initially chased Stark.

“I don't think they should have chased him. There are other ways they could have done research to find him and I don’t think the chase was the best option in this case,” Acoff said.

Vangallane Williams said her sister, 35-year-old Vanetta Williams, was a passenger in Lewis' car and she's now on life support. She suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a concussion, a broken pelvis and a fractured arm and shoulder.

“Right now she has tubes, breathing machines, everything around her, so she's really on life support because she's not breathing on her own. She can't breathe without that tube,” Williams said.

Venetta's mother, Dorothy Lee, said it was hard seeing her daughter hooked up to a machine, but she's hopeful she'll make a full recovery.

“I just hope that she is able to heal herself, get better and be able to come back home so she can be here for her kids,” Lee said.

The other person in the vehicle was Vanetta's 17-year-old daughter, Sharaya King, who's being treated for a broken pelvis. As the two victims remain in the hospital, Stark is being held in jail on a 250,000 bond.

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  • Wayne Finn

    She doesn’t think the police should have chased him… I seriously doubt the person even saw the police behind him. He flew by the police so fast and would have been a couple blocks away by the time the cop even started chasing him. In the video you don’t even see the car until he comes over the hill after stopping at that red light. Just when passing the cop he was clocked at around 100 MPH. She is looking for people to blame and the cop is one who she is putting some blame on, seriously? I’m hoping he gets a real judge and jury who locks him away for a long time. Obviously he is going to do it again if he gets the chance. Also what do you want the police to do, let everyone that runs away from them get away? I am almost betting that if the cop didn’t pull out he still would be continuing the 100MPH, come up on that red light and not be able to stop in time anyway, hard to control an old beater at those speeds, and would have crashed the same way.

  • Kim

    I feel the laws should be changed,
    If you choose to run from The police
    It should be premeditated murder if someone gets killed
    Because you choose to run!! The same for if you are under
    The influence of any substance and you drive and kill someone
    It too should be premeditated murder!!! We can’t blame the police for doing their job ! All of this is ,was,and will be on stark.
    It was his choice,!!!!!

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