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Woman pleads guilty in KC car crash that killed friend

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Krestin Hawk

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — A woman involved in a deadly drunk driving wreck on February 15, 2015, pleaded guilty to an involuntary manslaughter-intoxicated charge.

After the crash, Jackson County prosecutors charged 25-year-old Krestin Hawk of Butler, Mo., in the death of her passenger, Kaitlyn Turner.

Court documents say both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash that took out a light pole, before the car slammed into a tree.

Court documents say that Hawk and Turner left Butler to take in a movie, but instead went to a bar at 119th and Metcalf in Overland Park. Eventually they made their way to the intersection of Minor and McGee in Kansas City, Mo., where they crashed, with the car ending up on its side.

Kaitlyn Turner

Kaitlyn Turner

Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. Court documents say Hawk’s blood alcohol level was at .128, which is about 1.5 times the legal limit to drive.

Hawk was arrested in May after she went on the run and was placed on the CrimeStoppers’ Most Wanted List. A telephone tip helped lead to her arrest.

She’ll be sentenced in April. Turner had a two-year-old daughter.

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