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Driver who was drunk, ran a stop sign guilty in death of Olathe autism instructor

Nearby resident Farhad Mohammadi in May 2016 knelt in prayer beside a memorial for Caitlin Vogel at 191st Street and Nall Avenue in Stilwell. “God bless her soul,” Mohammadi said.
Nearby resident Farhad Mohammadi in May 2016 knelt in prayer beside a memorial for Caitlin Vogel at 191st Street and Nall Avenue in Stilwell. “God bless her soul,” Mohammadi said.

An Overland Park man has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing a fatal crash last year that killed an Olathe school instructor.

James R. McAllister pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Caitlin Vogel of Stilwell.

McAllister, 28, also pleaded guilty to driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device.

The wreck occurred on May 31, 2016, at the intersection of 191st Street and Nall Avenue when McAllister ran a stop sign and his SUV broad-sided the sedan driven by Vogel.

Vogel worked with special needs children as an autism instructional assistant for the Olathe school district.

Sentencing for McAllister is scheduled for Oct. 18. The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of nine years and seven months in prison, according to court records.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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