Driver in fatal Blue Springs crash sentenced to six years in prison

06/27/2013 5:31 PM

06/27/2013 5:31 PM

A Kansas City man who caused a four-vehicle crash last year that killed an Oak Grove woman was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

Jeffrey T. Jackson pleaded guilty in April to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault for causing the death of Ashlie Limbaugh, 33. Jackson had been driving erratically and in excess of 100 mph when he crashed after exiting eastbound Interstate 70 onto Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs on Feb. 21, 2012.

Jackson County Judge Charles McKenzie sentenced Jackson to six years on each criminal charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Limbaugh had been one of several drivers stopped for a traffic light on Woods Chapel Road when Jackson failed to navigate the right turn onto Woods Chapel and struck several vehicles.

Jackson told a passenger in his car that “he was not afraid to die.” He later told investigators that he had smoked marijuana earlier and had a beer with a friend.

A blood sample taken from Jackson later showed the presence of marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of tranquilizers or sedatives marketed under various names, including Valium and Xanax.

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