Colorado semi driver faces five counts of vehicular homicide in 2017 crash

Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 13:13:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 58-year-old Colorado man faces five counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a July 2017 crash on Interstate 70, the Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Kenny B. Ford of Greeley, Colorado, was driving a semi tractor-trailer westbound on I-70 approaching a construction zone when he caused a chain-reaction crash that killed five people near 174th Street.

Prosecutors decided Ford’s actions behind the wheel “were more than simple or ordinary negligence but (did) not amount to gross negligence” in determining the charges, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a release.

Vehicular homicide is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail.

Ford appeared without a lawyer Friday in Leavenworth County court. His next appearance with an attorney is scheduled for May 1.