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Woman Killed during Kansas City Police Chase

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Kayla Rouser4 years ago

62-year-old Graciela E. Olivas of Kansas City, Kansas was hit and killed by a driver who was fleeing from police

About the Kansas City Fatality

“Graciela was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was the center of our lives and words cannot express our immense grief and sadness.” – statement from Olivas’ family to KCTV as published by the Kansas City Star

According to the Kansas City Star, police were chasing a 28-year-old male driver who was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu east on Shawnee Drive when the driver allegedly ran a stop sign at South 34th street and struck the driver’s side of Olivas 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:44 pm according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Olivas, who was wearing a seat-belt, later died in the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle was arrested and treated at an area hospital. He has since been booked in the Wyandotte County Jail.

The initial pursuit began after an officer attempted to stop the Malibu for suspected drug activity. Records show the driver had previously been incarcerated for cocaine possession and pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in November.

Olivas was the mother of KCTV5 reporter Sandra Olivas.

Kansas Traffic Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administraton (NHTSA) the state of Kansas had a total of 405 traffic fatalities in 2012, down 26 deaths from 2010.
  • 295 of those fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants in all seat positions.
  • The total number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Kansas was 527 in 2012.
  • 114 crashes in Kansas were attributed to speeding in 2012, consistently increasing since 2008.
  • Wyandotte County is the second highest rated county for crashes in 2012 in the state of Kansas.


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