Woman accused of stealing vehicle killed in crash after chase in Cass County

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A woman accused of driving a stolen car is dead after a chase in Cass County ended in a two-vehicle crash.

The pursuit started around noon Tuesday on Interstate 49 and ended in rural Peculiar along State Route J near E. 203rd Street.

A Toyota RAV4 SUV carrying a family of four was badly smashed up after a close encounter with a woman driving an alleged stolen vehicle slammed into them.

“That collision was very significant,” Sgt. Andy Bell with Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Incredibly, the family survived with only minor to moderate injuries.

“If that collision would’ve been by drivers side door, that could’ve been a fatality as well. Could’ve been serious injuries. We don’t know. But the four people I saw standing up and talking was great indicator they are most likely minor to moderate injuries involved,” Bell said.

The suspect wasn’t so lucky. The female driver flipped the gold SUV, running off the road into a heavily wooded ravine.

“That individual was ejected, and immediately the Cass County deputy started performing CPR. Once EMS arrived, they pronounced her deceased,” Bell said.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office spotted the gold SUV on I-49 and believed it was stolen.  They chased the driver nearly 15 miles to Highway J in Peculiar. Deputies tried to use a grappling device to stop the driver, but she kept on going.

Neighbors told FOX4 she was flying down the street with sirens blaring behind. The crash was so intense, it shook nearby homes, they said.

The identity of the suspect who died has not yet been released.

Cass County deputies are investigating the alleged vehicle theft and pursuit. Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the resulting deadly crash.

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