KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say an afternoon car crash that killed a 17-year-old girl Wednesday in south Kansas City may have been the result of a street race.
Two cars were driving at high speeds northbound on Hillcrest near Bannister, possibly racing, police say. One of the drivers lost control, hit a tree sideways and split the car into two pieces.
The female passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. The driver was transported with life-threatening injuries.
A witness used the victim’s cell phone to call the girl’s mother to tell her what happened.
“Somebody had to make that call to her mom and tell her, ‘Your baby’s not coming home today,” said Thomasean Broom. “There wasn’t anything we could do.”
Another witness said she stopped to help, too.
“Him right there, and she’s on the ground and the car’s split in half,” Destiny Carter said.
Carter took pictures of the accident using her cell phone and said she didn’t realize how badly the driver was hurt.
“I didn’t even know anything was wrong with him until he pulled up his shirt and the glass went all the way through his body,” she said. “I want to pray for the family. I just feel bad for the girl and the guy.”
Police say the driver of the other car suspected in the street race pulled over. That car was later towed away.
This article was provided by affiliate reporter Michelle Pekarsky with FOX4 News in Kansas City, Mo.