Teenagers identified in Monday morning’s fatal crash in Independence

| June 29, 2016
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo.– Officers have released the identities of two teenagers who died in Monday morning’s crash on Highway 291 and Salisbury Road in Independence. 3.2013-deadly-crash-generic-centered

Anthony R. Dunlap, 19, of Grain Valley, who was the driver at the time, and Michael A. Smith, 17, of Independence, were both killed in the accident.

In a news release, Excelsior Springs police did say they pulled over the four teenagers at 3:23 a.m, prior to the crash Monday morning and detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. All four occupants stated they did consume alcohol at a party in Ray County prior to being picked up by the driver.

Police conducted a sobriety test on the driver, to which the officer said he exhibited no signs of impairment. A breath test revealed less than half of the .02 BAC required by law for minor in possession. No alcoholic beverages or containers were located after a search. The news release states, “with no legal justification, to further detain the driver, he and the other occupants were released from the vehicle stop at about 3:46 AM.”

At approximately 4:20 a.m. Monday morning, the vehicle was travelling south on 291 when Dunlap hit a pole and the vehicle overturned at Salisbury Road. The vehicle then caught fire.

The remaining two teens in the vehicle were hospitalized for injuries.

 

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