Man dies in car crash after causing multiple accidents

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:35 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Police are continuing to investigate a series of accidents caused by a Columbia man who died Friday night after a police chase, according to a press release from the Jefferson City Police Department.

The incident started when David Ward, 38, left the Jefferson City Wal-Mart on Missouri Boulevard and struck a vehicle driven by Daryl Woodruff, 27, of Jefferson City. Ward left the scene of the accident and was pursued by Woodruff, who notified Jefferson City police, according to the release.

Police said Ward then drove to U.S. 50, where he repeatedly struck the rear of a car driven by David Freeman, 56, of Jefferson City.

Ward again left the scene and drove to the intersection of the U.S. 64 ramp, where he stopped abruptly and was rear-ended by Woodruff, who was still trailing Ward, according to police.

Jefferson City police followed Ward as he made three loops around downtown Jefferson City. He took U.S. 54 east and exited at the U.S. 54/63 interchange. He then drove east on U.S. 50/63 onto Missouri Boulevard and then exited again onto U.S. 54, according to the release.

During the chase, which police said did not exceed 50 mph, Ward forced a car driven by Kawajalyn Collins, 32, of Jefferson City, off the road.

As he looped downtown for the third time, Ward lost control of his truck, struck a guardrail and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Some of the occupants of the vehicles involved in the previous accidents suffered minor injuries.

Jefferson City Police officer Michael Smith said the department was still interviewing witnesses and was investigating whether alcohol was involved.

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