KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Northland teen faces charges for killing someone in a drunk-driving crash. The victim -- an unborn child -- makes this case a tragic first for Platte County.
Police don't yet have Bryan Blankenship, 18, in custody, but he faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony assault from the crash on Interstate 29 near 72nd street on April 5.
Court documents show Sheriff's deputies saw Blankenship's headlights heading toward them the wrong way and had to swerve to avoid Blankenship's car. By the time they turned around and caught up to him, he had crashed into five cars and 23 people. Prosecutors say 10 people went to the hospital and one died -- the unborn child of one of the victims.
"She had to have an emergency delivery as a result of her injuries," said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, "and, unfortunately, the baby died."
Eight charges of felony assault were filed on behalf of the other drivers and passengers involved in the crash.
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