- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A fourth person has died after a stolen vehicle crashed in Kansas City, Kansas, and a survivor who fled in a good Samaritan’s vehicle isn’t yet in custody, authorities say.

At least five people were inside the truck when it smashed into a tree shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Two victims - Hayden Gottman, 20, of Lenexa, and Joshua Lindsey, 18, of Overland Park - were dead when police arrived. A third person, Cameron Shafer, 20, of Kansas City, Kansas, died at a hospital soon afterward. Police announced Thursday in a news release that 18-year-old Cory Thornburgh of Shawnee also had died.

Police said that when a motorist stopped to help, a surviving passenger in the pickup stole the woman’s vehicle. The good Samaritan, who asked not to be identified, told The Kansas City Star she at first thought the man who stole her vehicle was dead.

“I could see the guy’s body lying out of the car,” said the motorist.

“I walked over and said, ‘Hey are you OK, are you OK?’”

The driver reached his hand out of the wreckage and beckoned the woman to come help him, she said.

“At that point, he just opened the door himself, jumped out of the truck and started walking towards me,” the woman said. The woman said she took a step back when she realized the injured man was looking at her vehilce that was parked nearby on the side of the road. The driver grabbed the woman by her arm and began to pull her toward him.

“He kept saying, ‘Come,’ and I said, ‘I can’t come with you,’” she said. The injured man then sped away in the woman’s vehicle, which was later recovered.


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