Independence man found guilty of leading police on chase & causing fatal accident

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. -- An Independence man was found guilty of multiple felonies Monday for leading police on a chase and causing an accident that killed one person and injured two others in January of 2014.

Andrew Stark, 24, was found guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault, resisting a legal stop, driving while revoked and leaving the scene of an accident.

Court documents say that police started pursuing Stark when they noticed him driving more than 100 mph. Stark refused to stop and eventually ran a red light and crashed into a vehicle near 23rd and Hardesty.

35-year-old Jason Lewis

35-year-old Jason Lewis

The collision killed 35-year-old Jason Lewis and injured Lewis' wife and daughter, who were also in the vehicle. Stark fled from the scene of the crash.

Police released dash cam video of some of the chase the led up to the crash a few days after the accident.  The video shows 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.

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

Stark will be sentenced in June.