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Woman who caused fatal car wreck receives 15 years in prison

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 19:16:55-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The woman who fled police and caused a car crash that killed on man in May 2018 was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison in Jackson County District Court.

Riana Sanders pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and received the elevated sentence because she is a prior offender. The typical sentence for the crime would be 10 years.

On May 1, 2018, police in Kansas City, Missouri, stopped Sanders because she hit a car near 39th Street and Gillham Road.

When the officers asked her to roll her window down, she fled and ran a stop sign at 35th Street and Euclid Avenue, hitting a Chevrolet Tahoe at high speed.

The occupant of the Tahoe, 23-year-old James A. Palmer, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Prosecutors said that Palmer was "a young and present member of his family" and that he was killed two days before his 24th birthday.