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Posted on: September 28, 2023

Independence man charged with Murder 2nd Degree for vehicular crash

For Immediate Release
Sept. 28, 2023

An Independence man faces multiple felony charges for fleeing and killing another driver in a vehicular crash, Jackson County  Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Matthew T Brooks, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Resisting A Lawful Stop, Tampering With Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree,*

According to court records, on Sept. 24, 2023, officers of Independence Police Department attempted to stop a red Ford 150 without a license plate. The truck failed to stop and an officer activated his emergency lights and sirens at Lee’s Summit Road and 29th Street. The truck ran a red light at Lee’s Summit Road and Truman Road where it almost struck another vehicle. The truck violated numerous traffic laws and exceeded 90 mph in a 50 mph zone. Officers terminated the chase and began slowing. Soon after, the truck collided with a blue 2014 Dodge Avenger, and the driver died in the collision.

Prosecutors requested a $300,000 bond.

For more information, contact

Michael Mansur 

Director of Communication 

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office 

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor 

(816) 881-3812 

(816) 674-3954 

*Charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded guilty.

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