Man charged in deadly drunk driving crash in Kansas City, Missouri

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-20 13:56:04-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man with a history of drunk driving is accused of killing a woman in a high-speed, drunk driving crash in Kansas City, Missouri.

Coty E. Holder, 32, of Independence, Missouri, is charged in Jackson County Court with DWI - Death of Another Not a Passenger.

The deadly crash happened just after 11 p.m. on December 17 on eastbound Interstate 435 near Grandview Road, according to a court document.

Police found Holder inside a 2019 Hyundai Veloster that was on its top.

He was alone in the car.

The court document states a police investigation found Holder's car collided at high speed with a car driven by Dominique Martin, 25.

The collision caused Martin and her passenger, a 28-year-old woman, to be ejected from the car.

Martin died at a hospital.

Holder told a detective he had been at work at a pizza restaurant in south Kansas City, Missouri and had dinner with a coworker at a nearby restaurant, according to the court document.

Another coworker later told a detective he was on the phone with Holder when the crash happened, the court document states.

The coworker said Holder told him he had been drinking.

The coworker told Holder not to drive and said he would come get him, a court document states.

Holder refused the offer and his coworker told Holder to drive to the coworker's house in Raytown.

The coworker said Holder called back a short time later and talked about his life and previous DUI convictions.

Holder told his coworker he was driving 133 miles per hour on the interstate when the coworker heard sounds of a crash and loud noises, the court document states.

The coworker knew the route Holder would use and drove to the scene.

A court document states Holder was convicted of DUI in 2009 in St. Clair County, Mo., and 2014 in Franklin County, Missouri.

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