Friday, Mar. 08, 2013
Teen causes wrong way crash on I-49
By Bethany Bashioum
A Cass County teen has been arrested after allegedly driving while intoxicated, causing an accident on Interstate 49 near Peculiar.
The accident occurred at 2:55 p.m. March 5 after Karlie Kennedy, 19, of Raymore, was driving the wrong way in the northbound lane of the interstate when her vehicle, a white, 2000 Jeep Cherokee swiped a black 2008 Lincoln MKZ, a mile south of the Route J interchange.
Crash investigators said Kennedy may have gotten onto the interstate at the Peculiar exit.
Kennedy’s vehicle then crossed the median and came to rest in the southbound left lane of the highway.
The victim, 32-year-old Clifford Day, of Kansas City, received minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene. Day later sought medical attention on his own.
At least one other vehicle swerved to miss hitting Kennedy. A red Mitsubishi Eclipse headed north had to be pulled out of a snowbank after the driver swerved and landed in the ditch of the righthand lane.
Kennedy received moderate injuries and was transported to Belton Regional Medical Center by West Peculiar EMS.
No other injuries were reported.
Second-degree assault charges against Kennedy are pending, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who investigated the accident.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.