KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County prosecutors filed two charges, including involuntary manslaughter, against a teenager related to a one-car crash that killed a Blue Springs High School senior in late January. Court records show that Tamerick Wright, 17 and from Kansas City, is suspected of being intoxicated during the crash on Interstate 470 that killed 17-year-old Nefertiti Smith the night of January 22.
According to a highway patrol crash report, Wright, Smith and a third person in the Mitsubishi Eclipse that Wright was driving were all ejected after he lost control and traveled off the interstate, striking a guardrail and flipping over. Wright and the other passenger suffered serious injuries, while Smith was declared dead at Centerpoint Medical Center.
FOX 4 spoke with friends of Smith who said she was at a party that Friday night, and left with two others, but was supposed to return. Kieon Moore said she had been texting with Smith in the minutes leading up to the crash, and knew something was wrong when she stopped responding.
"I kept texting her and calling her, and she wouldn't answer, and I knew something was bad because she would always text and call me," Moore told FOX 4 in January.
Friends said Smith had aspirations of becoming a chef after graduating high school.
A warrant has been issued for Wright's arrest, and prosecutors have requested a $7,500 bond.