Teen driver is charged in south KC wreck that killed passenger

Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday charged a 19-year-old man with involuntary manslaughter for causing an April wreck that split his car in half and killed a 17-year-old passenger.

Court records said Dawontay D. Frazier of Kansas City recklessly caused the death of Alycia Cornelius by driving more than 100 mph on Hillcrest Road between 95th and 87th streets, where the posted speed limit is 40 mph. Witnesses told police it appeared as if Frazier’s car was racing another car.

Police questioned the other driver, who pulled over after the wreck. That driver said he was at Frazier’s house when they got into separate vehicles to drive to QuikTrip for gas and food. On the way, they were both speeding, he said, but he denied racing. He said he was just trying to catch up to Frazier to tell him he didn’t want to race, according to court records.

Frazier lost control of his car, which left the road and struck two trees. The impact split the car into two sections and threw Frazier and Cornelius. Frazier suffered critical injuries.

He told detectives he never meant to hurt Cornelius and that he was sorry, according to court records.

He was in jail Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bond.