KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 16-year-old girl died Monday, less than 24-hours after she was critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. A 3-year-old little girl remained in critical condition Monday.
Kansas City Police identified the 16-year-old as Emely Raudales of Shawnee, Kansas, her birthday was one day before the crash. Family tells FOX 4 she went by Sami or her full middle name Samantha, she was the youngest of two. They also say that her dad is still hospitalized and in critical condition with a brain injury.
The crash happened after the Chiefs game, at about 3:50 p.m., at E. 23rd Trafficway and an I-435 frontage road and involved four vehicles. Some of the victims in the crash were wearing Chiefs clothing and may have been coming from the game.
Police crash investigators determined the driver of a black Dodge pickup was driving northbound on the exit ramp from I-435 to 23rd when the driver rear-ended a gray Toyota SUV, which was stopped at a red light facing north at the intersection.
Raudales was in the Toyota SUV.
The crash forced the SUV into the intersection where it struck an eastbound red Hyundai passenger car and an eastbound brown Dodge pickup. The Hyundai was redirected into a metal traffic signal pole in the raised median of the roadway.
The 3-year-old child was riding in the Hyundai.
The driver of the pickup was taken into custody but has since been released while the investigation is ongoing. Witnesses told police they saw the suspect speeding before the crash, weaving in and out of traffic and say he did not slow down before hitting the truck.
"We do have a lot of witnesses," said Sgt. Bill Mahoney of the Kansas City Police Dept. "We're really impressed with people that provided first aid as best they could, people who stuck around a long period of time to talk to our investigators. They're invaluable."
Raudales was a student at Turner High School in KCK, the school made these statements on Monday:
"We are very sad to learn that a Turner High School student passed away over the weekend in a car accident. We are working to support our students and staff through this difficult time by bringing in extra counselors and mental health professionals who were available throughout the day. We will continue to provide resources to any student or staff member who needs them.
Additionally, we sent out a communication to parents this afternoon:
I am very sad to inform you that a Turner High School student passed away over the weekend in a car accident. We are working to support our students and staff through this difficult time. We brought in extra counselors and mental health professionals who were available throughout the day. We will continue to provide resources to any student who needs them.
If your child seems withdrawn or sad, please take time to discuss their feelings. If you need resources to help with the conversation let the school know.
If you have any additional concerns please contact your child’s counselor or administrator."
FOX 4 will continue to follow developments with this story and provide updates as we receive them.