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Man charged for death of woman after allegedly slamming into car while fleeing

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Joshua J. Brazeal Joshua J. Brazeal
Geraldine Strader was a longtime, well-known librarian for Kansas City, KS, Public Schools and retired from F. L. Schlagle High School. Geraldine Strader was a longtime, well-known librarian for Kansas City, KS, Public Schools and retired from F. L. Schlagle High School.
Police say 79-year-old Geraldine Strader was ejected in this wreck at 38th and Haskell. Police say 79-year-old Geraldine Strader was ejected in this wreck at 38th and Haskell.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A 28-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after the stolen black 2001 Cadillac Eldorado he was allegedly driving slammed into the car of a 79-year-old woman Tuesday.

Geraldine Strader of Kansas City, KS, died from her injuries.

Kansas City, KS, police said they were not chasing Joshua J. Brazeal, but he ended up crashing into Strader's car at the intersection of North 38th Street and Haskell Avenue, killing her. The force of the impact was so strong that Strader was thrown from her Toyota Camry.

"It was a great big impact. People heard it coming down the street," said Harvey outlaw who witnessed the crash.

Those who knew Strader said she was only blocks from her home.

"She was extremely active. Extremely healthy," Kathleen Brandt, Strader's daughter, said.

Strader was a longtime, well-known librarian for Kansas City, KS, Public Schools and retired from F. L. Schlagle High School.

"She was a librarian for almost 40 years. She taught four languages, she taught at colleges," Brandt said.

The quilter and grandmother of three didn't spend much time sitting down, though.

"She's been from everywhere from China to Peru to Africa," her daughter said.

But her travels came to an end Tuesday afternoon when she was hit from out of the blue. KCK police would not speak on camera, but said they tried to stop a man, later identified as Brazeal, who was in a reported stolen Cadillac Eldorado in the 1800 block of Central Avenue about 4 p.m.

Police said they did not pursue the vehicle, but the driver kept going.

"The police are saying they didn't chase, but the timing is suspect because they were there within a minute. At this point all we can do is not worry about the law and the legal. What we've decided to do is to put out a lot of forgiveness and a lot of love and great memories of our mother," Brandt said.

At the time of the crash police said Brazeal ran away from the scene, but police found him. Another passenger was in the stolen car and police said she is cooperating.

Brazeal was also charged with the reckless aggravated battery of the female passenger in the Cadillac and with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury as well as several traffic offenses.

KCK police continue to investigate.

The Wyandotte County District Court issued an arrest warrant for Brazeal whose bond was set at $500,000. He is in custody in Kansas City, MO.

A court date will be scheduled after he is returned to Kansas.

A separate crash happened at 4:50 p.m. at Independence and Monroe avenues on Kansas City's east side.

Officials said a man in his 70s was driving the white vehicle when it collided with a red vehicle in the intersection. He was treated at the scene for his injuries.

Five people, including three children, were in the red car. All five were injured and taken to various hospitals to be treated for their injures.

The driver suffered life-threatening injuries. The woman, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was taken to the hospital.

Three children riding in the backseat were injured. None of the three children were buckled up.

The children, who were 13, 12 and 10 years old, are going to be OK.

Police are working to determine if one of the drivers ran a red light and whether speed was a factor.

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