INTERSTATE 29 ACCIDENT | Five vehicles involved in wrong-way crash

Teen charged in Northland wreck that killed pregnant woman’s child

Baby was delivered because of injuries to mother. Eight counts of assault also are filed.

Updated: 2012-10-13T02:18:52Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Prosecutors charged a Kansas City teenager Friday with involuntary manslaughter and eight counts of assault, alleging that he drove the wrong way on Interstate 29 and caused an April traffic crash.

Bryan L. Blankenship, 18, is charged with manslaughter in the death of a baby delivered by emergency procedure because of injuries its mother suffered in the five-vehicle crash, according to Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd.

The woman was among 10 people, including Blankenship, injured in the crash.

According to court records, Blankenship had alcohol and drugs in his system at the time of the crash. His blood-alcohol content was measured at .19 percent, according to the allegations.

Two Platte County deputies driving on the interstate April 5 had to swerve to avoid being struck by a Chevy Malibu traveling north in the southbound lanes, according to the court documents. Several other motorists also took evasive action.

Moments later, as the deputies radioed dispatchers and started to turn around, the wrong-way car collided with other vehicles at Northwest 72nd Street.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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