Troopers continue investigation into deadly Northland crash - KCTV5

Troopers continue investigation into deadly Northland crash

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The investigation continues after a man lost control and caused a deadly crash in Platte County, according to authorities.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which happened about 10:10 p.m. Monday.

The driver who caused the crash, Anthony Battaglia, 29, was already facing serious traffic charges filed last month in Clay County.  He was charged with driving with a revoked or suspended license. 

That case is still pending.

Prosecutors will decide whether he will face even more serious charges after a grandfather was killed while trying to help his grandson whose vehicle reportedly had become overheated.

According to state troopers, Battaglia was headed west on Highway 152 near Interstate 435. His car veered off the road and struck a parked car in which Donald Rippy, 64, was sitting on the side of the road, authorities said.

His 17-year-old grandson, Parker Elgin, was in the vehicle with him, and he was treated at North Kansas City Hospital for his injuries.

Elgin's vehicle had become disabled and was also parked nearby.

Battaglia was wearing his seat belt while Rippy and his grandson were not.

KCTV5 incorrectly reported in the initial report that Battaglia had been charged in connection with Monday's crash. The Kansas City Star reported that troopers are waiting on the results of blood tests before forwarding the case to the prosecutor's office for the filing of charges.

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