Fleeing driver pleads guilty in fatal crash

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose car was hit by his vehicle during a police chase.

Christopher Stewart, of Kansas City, Kansas, was initially charged with first-degree murder for the Feb. 17 collision. The Wyandotte County district attorney’s office says he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and to eluding a police officer on Friday.

Authorities said Stewart was fleeing from police when he ran a stop sign and collided with a car driven by 62-year-old Graciela Olivas, pushing it into a ditch. The Kansas City, Kansas, woman died later at a hospital.

Police had begun chasing Stewart’s vehicle after seeing him commit two traffic violations while leaving an area of the city known for drug activity.


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