UPDATE: Police said the victim in the 24 Highway and Blue Ridge Boulevard crash was 17 years old. Officials are not releasing the minor’s name. The victim in the 24 Highway and Susquehanna crash has been identified as 36-year-old Cari Beck from Beckner.


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police said two people died in separate crashes Wednesday night.

The first crash happened near U.S. 24 Highway and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Officers say the driver of a Lexus lost control and hit a parked car.

The person in the front passenger seat was not wearing a seat belt, according to officers, and died from his injuries.

The driver of the Lexus and a person riding in the back seat of the car suffered serious injuries and are hospitalized.

The second crash also happened on U.S. 24 Highway. Police responded to a crash involving two cars at Susquehanna around 6:15 p.m.

Investigators say a Chrysler pulled out of a parking lot. The driver tried to turn onto the highway when the driver of a Jeep hit the car.

The driver of the Chrysler died in the crash. The passenger was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

Both crashes are under investigation.