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Man dragged by car during altercation in Westport dies

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Derek Mael has died after being hit and dragged nearly two weeks ago by a car in Westport. Derek Mael has died after being hit and dragged nearly two weeks ago by a car in Westport.

New surveillance video shows the moments leading up to a controversial and deadly crash. A man has died after being hit and dragged by a car in Westport nearly two weeks ago.

It was 1:30 a.m. on May 30. A Thursday night at Westport had turned into an early Friday morning. Derek Mael, 27, and his friend were headed home. Mael was behind the wheel of his car when police say two bicyclists said something to Mael and his friend, sparking a verbal altercation which seemed to continue down the road.

"At one point the vehicle stopped, and as bicyclists drove by the vehicle and one of the bicyclists slapped the driver [Mael] in the face who happened to have his head out the window and a lens of his glasses was knocked out," said Detective Greg Devalkenaere with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department.

Surveillance video shows the bicyclists following the car. Mael and his friend decided to go back and look for the lens to his glasses. According to Mael's friend, the bicyclists approached them on foot and started fighting.

"The victim of the crash itself was knocked to the ground in the roadway and the other guy with the victim was in a fight with the other bicyclist," Devalkenaere said.

A driver was coming over the slight hill and he didn't notice Mael lying in the middle of the street. He ran over him and dragged him for nearly two blocks.

"It didn't need to happen. The events that took place, I mean it's tragic to the point where I don't feel anyone wanted this to happen," Devalkenaere said.

Mael remained on life support for five days until his family could get into town from Florida. He was an organ donor and his family hoped something good could come from what happened.

Now police are hoping someone can help them identify the bicyclists to get their side of the story. As for the person in the car who dragged Mael, no charges have been filed against them.

"He had other people in the car and it doesn't seem like he knew what had happened when it happened," Devalkenaere said.

Police ask that anyone who has information that can help them call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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