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Man steals converted ambulance, crashes, kills man; victim identified

Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 11:30:01-04

UPDATE, 9/20: The man killed in a hit-and-run crash at Bannister and Wornall roads on Wednesday was identified as 79-year-old David L. Cannon of Kansas City, Missouri.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A hit-and-run driver is on the loose after stealing a converted ambulance and killing a man in a crash. 

The incident began about 11 a.m. when the suspect stole the truck with its 16-foot trailer on the back, police said.

The business owner’s son followed the stolen truck.

The suspect and son stopped at a traffic light at West 95th Street and Mission Road in Overland Park.

The owner’s son walked up to the stolen truck and told the suspect to get out.

The suspect sped away from the intersection.

He drove into Kansas City, Mo., and ran a red light at Bannister Road and Summit Street.

Police said the truck crashed into a car there, but the suspect kept going east on Bannister Road.

He raced through the red light at Wornall Road, striking a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by an 80-year-old man.

The force of the collision sent the pickup truck spinning in the air and the truck landed on its side.

The pickup truck hit a sign while spinning and that sign slammed into another car stopped at the red light.

The driver of that car went to a hospital with minor injuries.

The stolen truck hit police and finally stopped.

The suspect jumped out and ran.

Police continue to search for him.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.