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Police pursuit ends in fatal crash in Kansas City, 22-year-old man charged

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Thomas Colatrella. (Submitted to KCTV) Thomas Colatrella. (Submitted to KCTV)
Samuel Delozier. (Via KCPD) Samuel Delozier. (Via KCPD)

A crash on Monroe Avenue at Smart Avenue following a pursuit led to a man’s death on Saturday night.

According to police, at about 9:30 p.m., officers saw a grey Toyota Tacoma involved in an aggravated assault.

The officers tried to stop the truck, but the driver refused to stop so a pursuit was started in the area of Independence Avenue and Hardesty Avenue.

The truck was headed west on Smart Avenue as a silver Chevrolet Impala was headed south on Monroe, a one-way street, when the truck ran a stop sign and hit the Impala.

The Impala was hit on the driver’s side and was pushed into a rock retaining wall. The wall was destroyed by the impact.

The man driving the car that was hit was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. According to his girlfriend, he was 32-year-old Thomas Colatrella.

The suspect driving the truck was not injured and was taken into custody at the scene.

On Sunday afternoon, Samuel Delozier, 22, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. Court records say the defendant refused to stop after police attempted to top his vehicle in the area of St. John and Van Brunt. 

A $150,000 bond has been requested by the prosecutor's office. 

“At this time the details of the initial reason for pursuit as well as the associated events are under investigation,” the police department said.

His girlfriend, April Mercer, said on Sunday that she is still in shock, wants to see changes in policies, and is desperately seeking answers

“I am in shock,” she said. “I haven’t slept since this happened. I am just numb.”

Mercer believes the crash could have been avoided.

“There is no telling how fast he was going,” she said. “I mean, the retaining wall was on a property. He almost hit a house.”

She said the crash was just a few streets away from her house.

“We, actually last night, saw the accident happened, but didn’t know it was him,” she said. “We could see police lights from the porch and heard a screech then a crash.”

She’s heartbroken as she and her four children try to figure out what’s next.

“He went to go get my kids ice cream at 9 o’clock at night just to make them happy and put a smile on their face,” she said. “He was just an overall beautiful person, inside and out, and his love was one-of-a-kind.”

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