Prosecutors charge driver who allegedly plowed into three people at Northland apartments

05/20/2014 2:51 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Platte County prosecutors charged a man with four felonies after he allegedly hit three people with a car on purpose at a Northland apartment complex Sunday night.

Eric Zahnd charged Jeffrey R. Ferrell, 22, of Kansas City, with two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action for allegedly injuring two of the victims in the incident just before 8 p.m. at the Englewood Apartments in the 5400 block of N.W. Waukomis Drive.

Ferrell had fought with a 28-year-old man at the complex and fled in his car, according to court records. But instead of driving out the parking lot exit, Ferrell allegedly turned around and accelerated toward the victim, who was near two teenagers, ages 14 and 16.

He struck all three, knocking his nemesis and the younger teen into the air, according to court records. The man sustained cuts and knee injuries. The younger teen suffered a concussion, knee ligament damage, a broken leg and a cut to his head that required 17 stitches to close, the records said. The older teen declined medical treatment.

The car also hit three parked vehicles, causing major front-end damage to each, according to police reports.

Ferrell allegedly drove to the QuikTrip at Englewood Road and U.S. 169, where he parked and ran. After officers arrested him, witnesses identified him as the driver who hit the victims, court records said.

Ferrell told police he did not intentionally hit the victims and that he was fleeing for his safety. When detectives confronted him with witness statements, he requested a lawyer, according to court records.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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