KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A head-on crash on Interstate 29 killed a Kansas City man on Wednesday night. The victim’s family says it happened just minutes after he left home earlier in the evening. On Thursday, police identified the victim as Justin L. Avrett, a 31-year-old Gladstone resident.
FOX 4’s Megan Brilley spoke with Arvett's family. They live close to the interstate and say minutes after he left, they heard three loud booms.
They said they ran out to their backyard and saw his yellow Volkswagen with a tarp over it.
Police say the victim was driving south on I-29, just north of Parvin when he hit a white Honda Odyssey that was also heading south on I-29. The victim then crossed the barrier cables and struck a silver Hyundai Elantra, a white Honda Civic, a maroon Chrysler Pacifica, and then a black Lincoln Towncar almost head-on.
The driver of the white Honda was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The driver of the Chrysler was also transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The victim hasn’t been identified, and FOX 4 is not releasing his name at this hour, but family says he was in his 30’s and had a daughter.
A friend who lives in the neighborhood told FOX 4 the victim left to get him a laptop charger, and never came back. Now he says he can’t help but feel guilty.
“I don't know. They left for me. They didn't have to leave for me. I pray to God it's not them. At the same time, I hope nobody has to get that phone call. But it's inevitable. Somebody did pass away,” said Geoffery Hale.
A neighbor of the victim also expressed sorrow.
"I'm kind of feeling sad because he just left. I just... it's shocking that he's just down the road and he's gone. He was like an uncle to me. He would try and take care of everyone he could. He was a great man," said Kaiyu Hoffman.