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Missouri police chase victim headed to see newborn daughter

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Aaron Daniels died in the crash. He was in the Dodge Avenger, which was hit by the jeep that was fleeing police. (Credit: KCTV) Aaron Daniels died in the crash. He was in the Dodge Avenger, which was hit by the jeep that was fleeing police. (Credit: KCTV)
Police were called at 3:50 p.m. Friday to East 23rd Street and Television Place, an area just east of Interstate 435. (Credit: KCTV5) Police were called at 3:50 p.m. Friday to East 23rd Street and Television Place, an area just east of Interstate 435. (Credit: KCTV5)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/ KMOV) — A victim in a suburban Kansas City police chase that killed four people and injured four others has been identified as a father who was headed to see his newborn daughter.

The Kansas City Star reports that Aaron Daniel, 29, was identified by Kansas City police as one of the victims in the crash Friday. Independence police were pursuing a Jeep they believed to be stolen, which fled into Kansas City and crashed into another vehicle at an intersection.

 According to KCTV, officers said they were behind a Jeep briefly, then they lost sight of it when it went around a sharp bend. The Jeep had crossed the intersection and hit a Dodge Avenger, knocking it off the road and turning it over.

One woman in the blue Jeep was killed and three people inside that vehicle were injured.  KCTV reports that two people inside the Dodge were killed, later identified Daniel and 30-year-old Shawn Johnson and two people were injured. 

Daniel's daughter was born two days before the collision.

His father, McAllister Daniel, says the 29-year-old was on the way to his partner's home in Kansas City to "celebrate their newborn." He says his son also has three other children, ages 5, 7 and 10.

McAllister Daniel calls the police's decision "reckless," saying possible auto theft isn't worth four deaths.

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