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Unlicensed driver charged in pedestrian death

The aftereffect of a fun night on the town can negatively impact motorists arrested for an alcohol related accident. Not only can drivers face hefty fines and jail time, but in some instances a driver can even lose their driver's license. Still, if that accident involves the injury or death of another, a driver is facing even more severe penalties.

A 33-year-old man is facing drunk driving charges in connection with a pedestrian death that occurred on June 4, according to official records. Authorities say that the man's blood alcohol content measured more than three times over the legal limit when he allegedly struck the pedestrian, a 51-year-old man from Kansas City.

The pedestrian was walking home at about 3 a.m. when he was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling southbound near 80th Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City. The victim perished at the scene, said emergency responders. Near the victim's body, a police captain said he found debris from a vehicle that was colored gray or silver.

At the same time, other drivers in the area had been alerting authorities to the presence of a reckless driver in the area. One witness was bold enough to force the man to pull his vehicle over along Bannister Road near Wayne Avenue, according to official reports. The driver was said to be operating a vehicle that had sustained significant damage, including a shattered windshield, dented hood, broken mirrors and a broken fender.

Arresting officers say they smelled alcohol on the man's breath, and they noticed that he had glass shards on his clothing.

The suspect admitted that he had been drinking for several hours before the incident, and he also said he thought he hit something on the road, but he could not be completely sure. When the man's blood alcohol content was tested, he registered at about 0.25 percent, a level that surpasses three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent in the state. In addition, the man's driver's license had expired in 2009.

It is not clear whether the man is being held on bail, but the full nature of the charges was revealed earlier this week. The man is being charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the alleged hit-and-run, and he also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Driver without license accused of killing pedestrian while drunk," Christine Vendel, June 4, 2012

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