A 19-year-old Mexican man pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence and killing two people in an Independence Day accident in Kansas City.
Felix Solano-Gallardo sat in a wheelchair, still recovering from his own injuries that day, as he pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson County Circuit Court.
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He admitted driving the wrong way on Interstate 435 near 63rd Street when he crashed, head on, into a car carrying Diane Bronson, 44, and her daughter, Anna Bronson, 11, of Belton.
Solano-Gallardo also admitted that his blood alcohol level that day was more than twice the legal limit.
Buddy Bronson — Diane Bronson’s husband, and Anna’s father — said afterward that he was numb as he sat in the courtroom, listening to the plea.
“It’s been a bumpy ride,” he said. “I’m hoping for justice and sympathy for our side.”
Solano-Gallardo could receive up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced March 9.
Solano-Gallardo’s correct name and age have been unclear throughout his prosecution. Immediately after his arrest, he gave investigators the Solano-Gallardo name, while later telling immigration officers that his correct name was Luis Solano-Barrera. Under that name also he gave a birth day that would have made him 23 years old.
But under oath Wednesday, he said his name was Solano-Gallardo and that he was 19 years old.