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Man admits driving drunk in KC, killing Belton mother and daughter

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.

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.

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