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Innocent motorist dies in head-on crash following high-speed chase

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An innocent motorist has died weeks after a driver fleeing police drove the wrong way on Interstate 29 and crashed into him.

Though it appeared for a while he might pull through, Benjamin Shively, 38, of Overland Park, died Saturday at an area hospital.

This comes after the Platte County Sheriff's Office was trying to stop Justin V. Burkholder, 35, of Kansas City, on July 2 near the Kansas City International Airport.

Deputies said the truck Burkholder was driving had been reported stolen from south Platte County and there were stolen guns inside the vehicle.

He was traveling the wrong way on I-29 when he struck a southbound SUV driven by Shively. The two vehicles wound up about 100 yards apart on I-29 near the Platte River.

Shively was driving a 2014 Chevy Suburban. He was extricated from the SUV and rushed via ambulance to an area hospital.

Burkholder died at the scene.

Some estimated that speeds reached 100 mph. The chase, which went through Platte and Clay counties, lasted about 40 minutes.

Burkholder had a felony probation violation warrant out of Wyandotte County and three failure to appear warrants out of North Kansas City. He also had a suspended Missouri driver's license.

Burkholder had numerous brushes with the law. He had his first guilty plea in 2005 including a felony theft chase. His driver license was revoked in 2007 for failure to pay child support.

In 2008, he was sentenced to three years in prison for credit card fraud and stealing a motor vehicle. In 2011, he was sentenced to three years in prison for tampering with a motor vehicle.

He was wanted on a felony probation warrant out of Wyandotte County and three failure-to-appear warrants.

Deputies said they felt it was imperative to try to stop Burkholder.

An attorney for the Shively family issued the following statement on behalf of the family:

"The Shively family has suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Benjamin Shively. The Shively family would like to thank all of the family, friends and members of the community for the outpouring of love, support, generosity and prayers they have received over the last few weeks. They feel extremely humbled and blessed by the continued show of support.

The Shively family would also like to thank everyone for continuing to respect their request for privacy during this difficult time."

To support the family, a fund has been established. Contributions can be made at any Country Club Bank or mailed to:

Shively Family Fund
c/o Country Club Bank
9400 Mission Road
Leawood, KS, 66208

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