KC man pleads guilty in fatal Blue Springs wreck

A Kansas City man who caused a traffic accident last year that killed an Oak Grove woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Jackson County Judge Charles McKenzie ordered a pre-sentencing assessment for Jeffrey T. Jackson, 53, and scheduled sentencing for June 27.

Family members of Ashlie Limbaugh, 33, who died in the crash, declined to comment after the half-hour proceeding in the Jackson County Courthouse Annex in Independence.

The crash involving four vehicles occurred just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2012, at the Interstate 70 exit onto Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs.

Limbaugh, 33, had been one of several drivers stopped for a traffic light on Woods Chapel Road when a car driven by Jackson exited eastbound I-70 and came up the exit ramp at a high rate of speed. His car couldn’t navigate the right turn onto Woods Chapel and struck the other vehicles. Limbaugh’s car was knocked into a guardrail, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police that Jackson had been speeding in excess of 100 mph and driving erratically. Jackson told a passenger in his car that “he was not afraid to die,” according to court documents.

Jackson told detectives that he had smoked marijuana earlier and had a beer with a friend. Court records alleged that a blood sample taken from Jackson later showed the presence of marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of tranquilizers or sedatives marketed under various names, including Valium and Xanax.