Sheriff: Man dies after stolen pickup crashes, bursts into flame - KCTV5

Sheriff: Man dies after stolen pickup crashes, bursts into flames

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© Courtesy: Sgt. Ronda Montgomery, Jackson County Sheriff's Office © Courtesy: Sgt. Ronda Montgomery, Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Update: The driver was identified as Nathan A. Brown, 34, of Lee's Summit. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said "his involvement in the stolen auto is still unknown."


People living in one area of Jackson County heard an explosion and then saw flames Tuesday morning. Now one man is dead after the fiery crash near Grain Valley, MO.

Investigators spent several hours on Arnett Road south of Grain Valley reconstructing the scene and now they're trying to figure out who this driver was.

"The vehicle is so badly burned that we don't really have information on who the occupant is. In some cases they may have identification on them but, in this case, we don't have that," said Ronda Montgomery with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies said the stolen truck was speeding south down Arnett Road when the driver veered left, jumped one driveway, then slammed into another before rolling and bursting into flames, killing the driver.

Authorities said the pickup wasn't involved in a chase. A neighbor heard the crash about 10 a.m. and came outside to find the vehicle in flames in a yard.

"We do not know if he's the person who stole the vehicle or someone else. That's often part of our criminal investigation," Montgomery said.

Luckily for investigators there's a lot to work with while they figure out who was driving and why he crashed.

"We've got personal effects, things that were inside that truck that are strewn across the yards here," Montgomery said.

Neighbor Marjorie Shipman and her husband have lived near the area for decades, but this is the first wreck she can remember.

"I'm surprised as fast as they go," Shipman said.

She said so many people ignore the speed limit of 35 on the narrow hilly road that it was only a matter of time before something bad happened.

"My husband heard the noise, we figured that's probably what it was," Shipman said.

Deputies said they often find wrecked stolen vehicles, but not usually with someone still in them.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said the pickup was reported stolen Monday night from Lee's Summit.

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