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Driver pleads guilty in Overland Park crash that killed pregnant woman

Raphael E. Sherman pleaded guilty in a fatal January wreck in Overland Park.
Raphael E. Sherman pleaded guilty in a fatal January wreck in Overland Park. Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

A 21-year-old Shawnee man pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder for causing a crash that killed a pregnant woman.

The woman, Denise Lopez, 25, of Kansas City, Kan., was taken to a hospital where doctors delivered her baby before she died.

In Johnson County District Court, Raphael E. Sherman also pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated battery for causing the crash that occurred about 7 p.m. Jan. 10.

Shortly before the crash, a Prairie Village police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at 75th Street and Lamar Avenue. The vehicle started to slow and then sped away. The vehicle ran a red light seconds later at 75th and Metcalf Avenue, striking a truck Lopez was in. The vehicle also struck a minivan.

Sentencing is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 17.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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