Man involved in fatal crash following police chase charged with murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The man who allegedly struck another vehicle with his car following a police chase, killing one person and injuring two others, has been charged with murder.

Andrew K. Stark, 22, of Independence is charged with second degree murder, in the alternative, first degree involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second degree assault, resisting a lawful stop, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a revoked license, according to a news release from Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday when an Independence police officer started pursuing Stark after he reportedly ran through an intersection at 23rd Street and Hall going 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.  

The officer stopped the chase at 23rd Street and Wheeler, according to police spokesperson Major Ken Jarnagin.


Heading West on 23rd Street, the suspect kept going and just more than three miles from the origin of the chase, crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of 23rd Street and Hardesty.

The crash killed the driver of that car, 35-year-old Jason Lewis, and sent a 35-year-old female passenger to the hospital in critical condition, according to police. A 17-year-old female passenger, who was in the back seat, was sent to the hospital in serious condition.

Police said Stark fled on foot after the crash.    

"I guess the guy ran that way trying to go into a store and he came out with his shirt off trying to be normal and play it cool," witness Tim Knight said.

Stark's bond has been set at $250,000.

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