Thursday, April 2, 2009

Incident at 10th & Grand

UPDATE: Police have identified the victim as 47-year-old Dwayne E. Smith of Kansas City, Mo. He is pictured above. There are no suspects in custody, and detectives ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline.


Officers were called at 9:58 p.m. Wednesday night, April 1, to 10th and Grand to investigate an accident involving a pedestrian. A 47-year-old man was struck by a vehicle driven by a 53-year-old female. The female said she ran over the man, who was lying in the middle of the road.

During the investigation of the accident, officers found surveillance video from a nearby business. A review of the video revealed the victim was assaulted by a man and was knocked down, landing in the middle of Grand before the accident. The suspect fled with another male. The 47-year-old man was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Homicide detectives are working with accident investigators on the case. Detectives are consulting with the medical examiner to determine if the death will be investigated as a homicide or a fatality accident. It is unknown at this time when that ruling will be made.

The dead man's family has not been notified, so we cannot yet release his name. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474- (TIPS) 8477.