Driver of stolen vehicle causes deadly crash in KCK

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol has now identified the person killed in a multi-vehicle crash caused by the driver of a stolen vehicle.

Kansas City, Kansas police were involved in a chase with the driver of a stolen 2009 Audi with multiple occupants inside. Police ended the chase in the area of 9th and Central Avenue.

Just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the driver of the Audi continued westbound on Kansas Ave. at 10th Street, traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of a 2013 Chevy Spark was south on 10th St. at Kansas Ave. when the driver of the stolen Audi ran a red light and struck them in the driver’s side door. The Chevy then struck a 2006 Chevy Aveo that was stopped at the red light.

The people inside the stolen vehicle ran from the scene and were gone before police arrived.

The driver of the Chevy Spark, identified as Octavia Barker, 47, of KCK, sustained life-threatening injuries. She was taken to KU Medical Center where she was pronounced dead early Sunday morning. She was wearing a seat belt, according to the Kansas Highway patrol.

Two other people in the vehicle, 54-year-old Arhelia Cano and a 12-year-old female were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. They were both wearing seat belts.

The driver of the Chevy Aveo was identified as Bersain Perez, 28, of KCK. He was taken to Truman Medical Center with serious injuries along with a 23-year-old passenger identified as Marisol Flores-Lopez. Both were wearing seat belts.

The crash is being investigated by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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