Chase ends in deadly crash west of Tracy - KCTV5 News


2 die after carjacking spree leads to accident

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Antwinette Holtsclaw Antwinette Holtsclaw
Randy Hartline Randy Hartline

An innocent driver is dead after being hit head-on by a carjacking suspect during a chase in Platte County.

The crime spree started in Iowa where authorities said Randy Hartline, 27, stole a car. Once he drove into Missouri, officials said he stole three vehicles in St. Joseph and then carjacked another at gunpoint in Platte City. Investigators said the woman who was carjacked just before the crash was 79 or 80 years old. They said Hartline blocked her in, pulled a gun on her and said he'd kill her if she didn't hand over the car.

Police said Hartline even tried to break into a house.

"He was in the Platte City area and then carjacked a white passenger vehicle at gunpoint," said Sgt. Bill Lowe, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The one-man crime spree cam to an end in Platte County, MO, when the suspect caused a deadly wreck about 3:30 p.m. Monday on Highway 92 just west of Tracy, MO, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.

"The suspect overcorrected after traveling off the road and then crossed the center line and hit the victim," Lowe said.

Patrolmen were already in the area responding to a burglary call that the same suspect was involved in.

As authorities moved in, Hartline drove away heading east on Hwy. 92 with patrolmen in pursuit.

A separate car driving west cut off the suspect, causing him to swerve and slam head-on into a Kia SUV killing the driver, 54-year-old Antwinette Holtsclaw. Hartline was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Holtsclaw had just left a Platte City grocery store, stopping to get something to eat after dialysis when she was hit. Her family did not want to talk on camera, but her brother showed us around Holtsclaw's farmer where the animals she loved are still waiting for her.

Her family said Holtsclaw was sick, had been battling several forms of lupus for the better part of a decade and may not have had much time left. Despite that, her brother said this is not how her life should have ended.

Holtsclaw wasn't married and had no children, but she had a big family. Her parents who started Taco Via in the Kansas City metro years ago. Real estate was what she did for a living, but it was her quiet time on the farm that made her so happy.

Though the cause may seem obvious, the crash is still under investigation. 

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