Driver and Passenger Injured in Two-Car Crash in Jackson County

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When one driver fails to yield to oncoming traffic before pulling out onto Route F in Jackson County, he crashes into a teenage driver who is injured, along with her passenger, as a result.

On January 15, 2012 at approximately 2:30 P.M., 78-year-old Gerald Grimmett from Lone Jack, Missouri was traveling westbound on Cline Road in Jackson County in a 2001 Chevrolet. At said time, Jessica Vitale, age 18, from Lone Jack was traveling northbound on Route F in a 2000 Mercury. Vitale had one passenger – Rachel Brown, age 20, from Lee’s Summit.

The crash occurred as Grimmett pulled out from Cline Road and crashed into the side of Vitale’s vehicle. Both vehicles travelled off the west side of the roadway on Route F and came to rest there. Both drivers and passenger were wearing their seatbelts at this time.

The at-fault driver, Grimmitt suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene of the crash. Vitale suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri by the Lone Jack Fire Department. Vitale’s passenger, Brown, suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to Centerpoint Medical Center by Lake Lotawana Fire Department.

Grimmett’s Chevrolet received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Jim’s Tow Service of Lee’s Summit. Vitale’s Mercury received total damage and was also towed from the scene of the crash by Jim’s Tow Service.

This investigation continues and is led by Corporal C. R. Blackmon and assisted by Corporal J. W. Dick, Jackson County deputies and the Lone Jack Police Department.

Charges are pending.

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