A 31-year-old man who caused a car crash that killed a Kansas City police crime scene investigator in July 2013 was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison.
In July, a Jackson County jury convicted Larneal D. Davis of involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while revoked in the death of Michael Chou.
The collision happened July 5, 2013, shortly after Chou drove away from the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory after working a night shift. Davis hit speeds of at least 105 mph just before his BMW broadsided Chou’s Honda Accord at 66th Street and Troost Avenue. The force of the collision split the Accord in two, killing Chou.
Davis, who had prior convictions on felony drug distribution and firearms charges, spent part of the evening at a nearby nightclub celebrating his birthday.
He had downed five straight shots of whiskey and later drove to a gas station at Gregory Boulevard and Troost Avenue after leaving the nightclub, according to prosecutors.
Davis sped out of the parking lot to elude police. The crash occurred minutes later. An officer following Davis saw him crawling from his vehicle.
He was arrested after a chase several blocks from the crash site.
Officers recovered two semi-automatic pistols. They also detected a strong odor of alcohol on Davis’ breath when they arrested him. Hours after the crash, Davis had a blood alcohol content of .083.