TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Police have identified a man found dead in a crashed stolen car after an attempted stop in southeast Topeka.
Emergency crews found Ricardo J. Rodriguez, 20, of Topeka, dead in the passenger seat of a stolen car. It had gotten away from an officer during an attempted stop at 5 a.m. Monday, before the officer said he watched it lose control and hit a pickup truck near Southeast 21st and Adams Street.
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.
Topeka police determined Rodriguez was not involved in the robbery of the car, but were unable to confirm if he died as a result of the crash. They are awaiting results of an autopsy.