Crash Kills Man Helping Motorist

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In Platte County, a crash kills Northland grandfather who was helping his grandson with car problems along I-435.

On February 10, 2014 at 10:10 p.m., Anthony Battaglia, age 29 of Kansas City, Missouri was operating a 2002 GMC Yukon. Donald Rippy, age 64 of Kansas City, Missouri was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu along with Parker Elgin, age 17 of Kansas City, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Anthony Battaglia was traveling in the westbound direction on Missouri Highway 152 at I-435. The crash occurred when Anthony traveled off the right side of the roadway and collided with Donald Rippy’s vehicle, which happened to be parked along the side of the highway due to car problems. Anthony’s vehicle continued westward and collided with an unoccupied 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that also was parked along the roadway.

Donald Rippy received serious injuries and was transported to the North Kansas City Hospital via ambulance in critical condition. Later, Donald Rippy was pronounced dead by Dr. Bryan Wilson. Parker Elgin received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to the North Kansas City Hospital.

According to a related article by the Kansas City Star, Donald Rippy and his grandson, Parker Elgin, were taking the 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for a test run when the car problems began. As they reached I-435, Elgin’s vehicle overheated and resulted in the two pulling over along the side of the highway and decided to wait in Rippy’s vehicle to keep warm while Elgin’s vehicle cooled. The article also indicates that the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu at the time of the crash was parked on the roadway’s shoulder with the flashers activated.

Donald Rippy’s 2005 Chevrolet Malibu and Anthony Battaglia’s 2002 GMC Yukon received total damages. Both vehicles were towed by Eddie’s Northland Tow. The unoccupied 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo belonging to Parker Elgin received minor damages and was also towed by Eddie’s Northland Tow.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop A. This is Troop A’s 6th fatality crash and 6th fatality.

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