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Grain Valley couple search for hit-and-run driver

Posted at 9:23 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 23:09:41-04

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — A Grain Valley, Missouri, couple is asking for help finding a truck they said rammed into their car and then drove off from the scene.

Djuan Baylis and Brooklyn Vaughan were heading to work Tuesday morning when a green truck cut them off as they were getting onto Interstate 70 from the Grain Valley exit. The couple, who are expecting a child, told 41 Action News that the truck then pulled behind them and hit them.

"The truck, it's like he sped up and just rammed us from behind and it sent us flying," Vaughan said. "We just missed the guardrail."

Witnesses said their car flipped several times. The green truck sped away after the crash.

"Driving now, I just have this scary feeling. I keep having nightmares of the same truck," Baylis said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. According to the crash report, the suspect's car is a Dodge pickup truck. Baylis and Vaughn said the truck was green.


It is illegal is drive away from the scene of a crash. However, every year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol receives reports of thousands of hit-and-runs.

The Highway Patrol divides the state into six regions. Troop A represents the Kansas City area.

According to data provided by the Highway Patrol, in 2017, Troop A had 5,751 reported accidents involving a driver leaving the scene.

Of those reported hit-and-run crashes, 4,925 resulted in property damage only, 816 resulted in injuries and 10 resulted in fatalities.

"If he just hit us and ran like that, who is to say he's not going to do it again?" Baylis asked.