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1 person dead after Sunday morning crash in Kansas City, Kansas

Posted at 5:28 AM, Oct 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 18:09:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  One person died near the scene of an early Sunday morning traffic crash in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the crash happened about 3 a.m. on northbound Interstate 635 north of Kansas Avenue.

A Kansas Highway Patrol officer told KSHB 41 News a Volkswagen was traveling north on the interstate when the driver lost control of vehicle.

The car slammed into an inside barrier wall and subsequently was struck by a red Honda Civic.

The driver of the Volkswagen — identified in a Kansas Highway Patrol Online Crash Log as 37-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, resident Jose De Jesus Becerra-Romero — parked his vehicle and left the immediate vicinity with his car keys.

He was later found dead some distance away. The nature of his death remains unclear, but the Patrol said it's not crash-related.

After the initial crash, two more vehicles struck the Honda Civic.

Editor's note: The Kansas Highway Patrol initially reported this as a traffic death, but has since changed that characterization of the circumstances of Becerra-Romero's death. The story has been updated to reflect the new information.