Prosecutors accuse woman of killing passenger in wrong-way wreck

03/10/2014 11:32 AM

03/10/2014 11:33 AM

Jackson County prosecutors on Monday charged a woman with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly driving while intoxicated, going the wrong way on an interstate and killing a passenger in a head-on collision with a semi truck in February.

Prosecutors also charged Lanelle D. Griffin, 32, of Kansas City, with driving while revoked in connection with the 11:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day wreck on Interstate 70 near U.S. 40 that killed Karl Silvey, 35.

Griffin told police she had been to a strip club, where she drank a couple of beers. She did not remember leaving the club with Silvey or the crash, according to court records.

A witness who had been at the club told police she was following Griffin in a separate vehicle when she saw Griffin get on the exit ramp from I-70 and drive west in the eastbound lanes. The witness said she flashed her lights and honked her horn in failed attempts to get Griffin’s attention.

The semi truck driver said he saw a car approaching him head-on, so he changed lanes, but the wrong-way driver changed lanes, too, and struck him.

Lab tests of Griffin’s blood showed “high levels” of cocaine, according to court records. Her blood-alcohol content was .206, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Griffin remained in jail Monday in lieu of a $100,000 bond.


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