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1 dead, 2 seriously injured in Lee's Summit car-into-tree crash

Posted: 7:30 AM, Apr 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-18 17:16:58Z

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — One man died and two others were injured after a car crashed into a tree at Southeast Shenandoah Drive and Kimbrough Lane in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Police on the scene said the car was traveling eastbound around 3 a.m. when it left the road, clipped a fire hydrant, and spun into a tree.

Sgt. Chris Depue with Lee's Summit police said the driver and front passenger were ejected from the car; neither was using a seatbelt. The backseat passenger was using a seatbelt. 

Depue said the front passenger died. The driver and backseat passenger suffered serious and/or life-threatening injuries.

A woman who lives in a home behind the crash site said she woke up to an incredibly loud boom. She couldn't see the crashed car over her tall fence but called 911 nonetheless.

She said one of the survivors screamed for help. 

"He just kept saying, 'My arm, my arm.' I tried to comfort him and tell him help is on the way. Like I said, dispatch was still on the phone with me and they could hear me talking to him," Janet, who didn't want to share her last name, explained. 

According to Depue, officers found empty beer cans in the car. Officials will run toxicology tests to determine if the driver was intoxicated. 

Depue said charges and citations are pending the results of the investigation.