Woman killed by car fleeing from police in Kansas City, Kan.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A family grieved Tuesday after a police chase ended in tragedy. It's the second deadly accident that involve police car chases in less than two months.

Shattered glass, blue markings and skid marks are the only reminders left of the tragedy that unfolded Monday night.

The Kansas Highway patrol state that Kansas City, Kansas police tried to pull over 28-year-old Christopher Stewart after he committed several traffic violations on Shawnee Drive.

At 6:45 p.m., they believe he ran the stop sign at 34th and Shawnee Drive. He ended up ramming into the driver's side of a Chevy Cobalt, pushing it into nearby ditch.

Investigators said Stewart tried to run away on foot but was quickly caught.

62-year old Graciela Olivas was behind the wheel of the Chevy. She died from her injuries at the hospital
She was the mother of Sandra Olivas, a long-time KCTV reporter.

Her family released a statement Tuesday morning which read:

"The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Graciela was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was the center of our lives and words cannot express our immense grief and sadness. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

This is the second time this year that a police car chase has killed an innocent driver.

Last month, 35-year-old Jason Lewis was killed after a suspect fleeing from Independence police ran a red light, striking Lewis' car.

KCK police denied 41 Action News’ request to view the department's pursuit policy stating it does not disclose it to the public.

The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office has not filed charges against the suspect. But the highway patrol will reconstruct the accident scene later this week.

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