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2 dead after Chevrolet Corvette crashes into building, catches fire near 31st, Troost

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Posted at 4:54 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-03 09:29:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, May 3 | The deceased driver was identified as 33-year-old Delvon M. Landrum of Grandview.

The deceased passenger was identified as 41-year-old Nickie L. Lewis of Columbia, Missouri.

ORIGINAL STORY, May 2 | Two people were killed after a Chevrolet Corvette crashed into a building and caught fire at 31st Street and Troost Avenue overnight.

Just after 11 p.m., Kansas City, Missouri, police said officers were near Linwood Boulevard and Holmes Street working a crash.

In their rear-view mirror, officers observed a gray Chevrolet Corvette traveling at a high rate of speed.

The Corvette pulled into oncoming lanes to pass vehicles at the intersection and turned onto 31st Street.

Officers headed in the direction of the vehicle and found the vehicle in flames on the corner of 31st Street and Troost Avenue, near Thelma's Kitchen.

The officers attempted to put out the fire, but were unsuccessful.

After firefighters extinguished the fire, officers located a driver and passenger in the vehicle.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver drove to the right of a construction zone, up onto the sidewalk and sheared off a large metal traffic signal pole.

The Corvette then went through a chain-link fence and struck orange traffic barriers.

The vehicle caught fire, which also caused extensive fire damage to the building on the southeast corner of the intersection, the construction barricades, a large metal box container and the traffic signal.

The intersection was closed for approximately five hours.