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.
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.