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Prosecutors say man intentionally caused January wreck that killed KC mom

Jackson County prosecutors accused 21-year-old Juan L. Sanchez of intentionally causing a wreck that led to the January death of 35-year-old Shaymaa Saudi of Kansas City.
Jackson County prosecutors accused 21-year-old Juan L. Sanchez of intentionally causing a wreck that led to the January death of 35-year-old Shaymaa Saudi of Kansas City.

A 21-year-old Kansas City man was charged Friday in connection with a fatal wreck in northeast Kansas City that killed a 35-year-old mother in January.

Juan L. Sanchez faces one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with evidence charges.

Jackson County prosecutors accused Sanchez of intentionally causing a wreck that led to the death of 35-year-old Shaymaa Saudi of Kansas City.

According to court records, Saudi’s husband was involved in an altercation with Sanchez on St. John Avenue before Sanchez, in his truck, began to chase the woman, who was driving a Dodge with a 4-year-old child in the backseat.

During the chase, the vehicle driven by Sanchez allegedly tapped or hit Saudi’s vehicle, and it lost control.

Witnesses told police Saudi’s vehicle hit a utility pole near St. John and Askew avenues. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

A 4-year-old girl in the back in a booster seat was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Relatives said Saudi was an educator who moved to the United States from Iraq in 2009. She also had a 7-year-old son.

According to court records, Sanchez continued driving, parked his car near a family member’s house, took off the license plates and put a tarp over it.

Prosecutors requested a $100,000 bond for Sanchez.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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