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Kansas Highway Patrol seeks witnesses, vehicle in fatality near I-635

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 18:07:44-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Highway Patrol is seeking possible witnesses to a fatal incident Sunday morning in Wyandotte County.

Officials said four vehicles were involved in two separate wrecks, which happened around 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on northbound Interstate 635.

According to the Patrol, two men who were in a red-colored 2003 Honda Civic were picked up by a truck pulling a trailer. There is no description of the truck or trailer.

One witness said the trailer was big enough to haul away the vehicle.

The Honda Civic were involved in both crashes.

The chain of events started when a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Jose De Jesus Becerra-Romero, 37, of Kansas City, Missouri, struck a concrete barrier wall and became disabled in a travel lane.

The Honda Civic then crashed into the Volkswagen.

Becerra-Romero parked the Jetta, took out the keys and then left the crash scene. He was later found dead some distance away, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The nature of his death wasn't immediately known, but is not considered related to the crash.

Two other vehicles were later involved in a crash with the Civic in a separate traffic incident. There were no injuries in the second set of wrecks, but the Honda and its occupants were taken from the scene before investigators could question them.

The Patrol hopes to make contact and get a statement about the circumstances of the initial crash and subsequent events.

Anyone with information about the circumstances of the crash is asked to call Trooper Ramirez at 913-782-8100.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the KSHB 41 News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the KSHB 41 News Mug Shot Policy.