Driver killed when car splits in half after hitting tree


FAIRWAY, Kan. (WDAF & AP) — A 28-year-old man is dead after their vehicle slammed into a tree in the Kansas City area with enough force to split the car in two.

The crash happened Sunday morning along Shawnee Mission Parkway near 55th Street in Fairway, Kansas.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old David Lawrence Hutchinson was killed. The office said that because of excessive speeds, the vehicle appears to have split in half after it struck a tree on the side of the road.

“I just heard some really loud screeching of tires and then a really loud crash impact,” Kirk Shearer said. “They had flashlights. They were looking up in the trees, and I guess they were looking at pieces of things that had gone flying.”

No one else was involved. The crash remains under investigation.

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