Derrick Thomas Death In A Car Accident, The roads in Kansas City were icy as the city was experiencing its first snowstorm of the year. Thomas was hurrying through traffic in his Chevrolet Suburban on his way to the airport when his vehicle hit a patch of ice and flipped over several times. Thomas and a friend were thrown from the vehicle. Thomas was paralyzed and his friend and business partner, Michael Tellis, died instantly. A third passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured.