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Victim struck by high-speed driver dies

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A driver struck by someone traveling at high speeds and running red lights has passed away, leaving behind a grieving family.

The family of 28-year-old Michael Hernandez said he died Wednesday from injuries he sustained. He had been on life support since the Sept. 20 accident.

Multiple people were injured in the two-vehicle crash that happened shortly after midnight near East 31st Street and Grand Avenue in September.

Kansas City, MO, Police say officers saw a white Chevrolet SUV traveling at high speeds and running red lights northbound at 40th Street and Southwest Trafficway. They tried to stop the driver, but he or she sped off and turned east on 31st Street.

Officers said they didn't chase the driver and last saw the SUV at 31st and Broadway Boulevard.

Police said at Grand Avenue the SUV crossed the center line and hit a westbound Dodge Charger head-on.

Initially police said the passenger in the Dodge suffered critical injuries and the driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

But Hernandez's family said he went through multiple surgeries following the crash and was eventually put on life support after getting an infection in his lungs.

He leaves behind a fiancee and five children.

A memorial fund has been started to cover his unexpected burial costs at www.youcaring.com under "In Loving Memory of Michael Hernandez."

Saturday a benefit dinner will also be held to help his family. It will be at Club Sparks, located off of South 18th Street Expressway and Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, KS. The dinner goes from noon to 5 p.m. with a show from a local artist following from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Family and friends will also have a candle light vigil Sunday at 8 p.m. at the location of the wreck.

All three people in the SUV also had serious injuries.

Police say they suspect that alcohol played a factor in the crash and the driver was in custody.

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