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Police chase leads to several smashed cars in Hyde Park

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Feb 23, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several cars are ruined after a police chase in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

The chase happened at 1:54 a.m. on Saturday, according to KCPD. When officers were on patrol on East 39th Street, they saw a silver Nissan traveling the opposite way on 39th Street, speeding with only one working headlight.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle at 39th Street and Tracy Avenue when the vehicle turned south, refusing to stop.

The vehicle then turned on East 41st Street and that's when police stopped the chase and later found the vehicle at East 41st and Charlotte Street flipped on its roof with several other vehicles nearby damaged.

KCPD said that when officers approached the vehicle, no one was inside. Witnesses, however, told police that possibly four people, including a juvenile, ran from the scene.

Officers found two people one block west of the vehicle.

A male was found injured and was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A female was not injured and was released back to her family. The other people involved were not found.

KCPD could not determine who was the driver, but they did find a gun in the back seat of the car. It was a frightening wake up call for neighbors in the area.

"My heart was beating fast because I thought I had a bad dream," Linda Walker said.

But Walker's car was one of those hit.

"It was pretty bad,” she said.

Walker and a few other residents had their car damage from the wreck at East 41st and Charlotte Street, including John Pannebaker.

"The person that caused the accident gets their car towed, (but) I don't," Pannebaker said. "I just get left to pick up the pieces with no help but my own."

The car's owner now wonders what his next step is.

"Let's just say, I was planning on increasing the value of my property,” Pannebaker said. “Not now. The only person that's going to profit from this will be the government when they tax the new vehicle I have to purchase.”

This crash only adds to the frustration some families who live in the area feel, as speeding is a concern.

"Most of us don't feel safe letting our kids play in the front yard anyway without people driving around,” Pennebaker said, “and certainly don't feel any safer.”

Now the neighbors are stuck with the situation, having to carpool, and hoping that whoever did this, understands the burden they put them through.

"I just hope it wakes them up,” Pannebaker said. “He got lucky.”