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Man charged with murder after police chase ends in fatal wreck

Posted: 9:37 PM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-12 02:37:46Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is now charged with murder after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase that ended in the death of another driver. 

Samuel Delozier, 23, is charged with second-degree murder, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest by fleeing. 

He was previously charged with involuntary manslaughter in the incident but the charges were upgraded. 

According to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Samuel I. Delozier is accused of killing Thomas Colatrella.

According to police, officers first noticed Delozier near Independence Avenue and Hardesty Avenue on August 11. Police tried to initiate a traffic stop near St. John Avenue and Van Brunt Boulevard in connection with an aggravated assault.

Delozier fled from officers who followed in pursuit as he allegedly drove a Toyota Tacoma truck at a high rate of speed, running through stop signs and traveling the wrong way on one-way streets.

According to KCPD, Delozier eventually crashed into a Chevrolet Impala driven by Colatrella at the intersection of Smart Avenue and Monroe Avenue, when he ran a stop sign and hit the Colatrella's vehicle on the driver's side then pushed it into a nearby stone retaining wall.

Colatrella's girlfriend told 41 Action News that he was on his way to buy ice cream for her children.

Delozier's bond is set at $150,000.