5 dead in K.C. car crashes since 2009 started

Friday, January 2, 2009 | 3:33 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Authorities say Kansas City has logged five traffic fatalities since the start of 2009.

Police say a 23-year-old woman was killed and three other people were injured after a car crashed into a pickup truck at 5:30 a.m. Friday. One of the injured parties was reported in critical condition, while the driver of the truck escaped serious injury.

A few hours earlier, 36-year-old Victor Shears, of Kansas City, died in another two-car crash on the same street, about 18 blocks to the north.

Three people perished in a fiery crash at 12:20 a.m. Thursday.

Police say 37-year-old Anatoliy Savinkov, of Overland Park, Kan., died after his car slammed into the stopped vehicle, which burst into flames. Sixty-two-year-old Ralph Sutton and his wife, 55-year-old Debra Sutton, of Gladstone, both died in the second vehicle.


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