KCPD report: Officer driving too fast caused fatal 435 crash before Chiefs game

November 09, 2018 - 7:55 am

The primary cause of a fatal crash involving a Kansas City Police officer was excessive speed, according to a report that's just been released.

According to witnesses, the off-duty officer was seen driving at between 50 and 70 miles per hour on Interstate 435 on Oct. 21 just before the police van slammed into the back of a Mitsubishi Lancer. Traffic was stopped as people exited the highway to a Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium.

The report, cited in an article in the Kansas City Star, said there was not enough time to brake or avoid the collision. Shawnee Mission South High School senior Chandan Rajanna, 17, was killed. His father and sister were critically injured and are still in hospitals.

One man who got out to help said the officer driving the van immediately tried to render aid to the injured. He was clearly distraught over what had happened. 

The six-year veteran officer has given a statement to detectives, but details have not been released.

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