TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Topeka Police say an early Monday morning car theft led to a police chase and then later a deadly crash.
It started around 4:00 a.m. on Monday morning when officers went to the 300 block of SE Lawrence Street on a report of a robbery. The caller told police that 2 men stole their black Kia at gunpoint.
Around 5:00 a.m. an officer saw someone driving the stolen car near SE 21st Street and SE Indiana Avenue. The officer put their lights and sirens on, but the driver sped away and the officer lost sight of the car.
Shortly after that, a different officer saw the driver speeding near SE 21st Street and SE Adams Street. Then the officer said they watched the driver of the stolen car lose control and crash into a pickup truck.
The person driving the pickup truck got minor injuries from the crash.
The driver of the stolen car and a passenger in the car were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Another passenger in that stolen car was found dead inside of it.
Topeka Police were unable to confirm if that passenger died as a result of the crash. They are awaiting results of an autopsy.