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Platte County man charged with involuntary manslaughter for crash that killed 58-year-old KCK man

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Nicholas Sanders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Kan., man was killed on Saturday when a drunk driver hit and killed him, and Platte County prosecutors filed charges in the case on Tuesday.

Nicholas Sanders, 24, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the first degree.

According to the probable cause statement, Sanders was driving north on I-29 just south of Mexico City Avenue around 1:34 a.m., when he struck  another vehicle. The collision killed, 58-year-old Michael Sear of Kansas City, Kan. Sear was transported to the hospital after he was found unresponsive but was later pronounced dead.

Responding officers say both vehicles were in the median when they arrived on the scene. One of the officers reported smelling alcohol after speaking with Sanders. Court documents also say Sanders’ speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. After participating in a field sobriety test officers believed Sanders was intoxicated. Sanders agreed to a preliminary breath test.  Court documents say Sanders registered a .313 percent blood alcohol content level.

Prosecutors say Sanders admitted to drinking three beers and three shots of whiskey at the Flying Saucer Bar earlier in the night.

Sanders was arrested at the scene for a DWI.