A Lee’s Summit teenager has admitted to driving nearly twice the speed limit while trying to pass in a no-passing zone that caused a wreck that killed two friends.
Collin J. Carter, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault for his role in the Feb. 1 crash that killed Nathan Giron, 18, and Courtney Tanner Rardin, 18.
The wreck occurred as Carter drove north at Pryor Road and Summit Hills Drive. He lost control of his vehicle in front of oncoming traffic.
“It’s a tragedy,” said John Picerno, who represented Carter in the criminal matter. “Collin lost two of his best friends in an accident he caused. He is really struggling with grief and remorse.
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“It has profoundly affected the lives of everyone involved,” Picerno said.
Prosecutors said Carter was driving 80 to 90 mph in a 45-mph zone as he tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone. Oncoming southbound traffic forced Carter to swerve back into the northbound lanes, “causing him to begin losing control.”
He “over-corrected, causing his vehicle to swerve and slide across the center of the roadway and into the southbound lanes,” according to authorities.
An oncoming vehicle crashed into Carter’s car.
The driver of the southbound vehicle sustained minor injuries.
Carter is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15.