Man sentenced to 22 years in prison for wreck that killed KCPD investigator

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Larneal D. Davis, 28, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Chou.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man was sentenced to 22-years in prison on Tuesday for a crash that killed a Kansas City Police Department investigator three years ago.

Larneal Davis, 31,  was found guilty in July of involuntary manslaughter in the third degree, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while his license was revoked.

Davis was sentenced to 22 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter,  four years for leaving the scene of an accident, and was fined $200 for driving while revoked, which by statute was the only possible sentence.

According to court documents, the crash happened around 3 a.m., and Michael Chou, a crime scene technician, had just gotten off work. Chou was in front of the crime lab office on Troost Ave., between 65th and 66th Streets,  when the black BMW Davis was driving at a high rate of speed hit Chou’s Honda Civic and split it in half.

Michael Chou

Michael Chou

Among his accomplishments, Chou had earned a bachelor of science degree in cellular molecular biology and held a master’s degree in advanced crime scene investigation.  He had also completed two years towards his PhD in criminal justice.

The night Chou was killed was his third shift working nights. He worked hard for two years to get that position after working the day shift since he was hired, his supervisor said.

At the time of the crash, police say Davis smelled of alcohol and told them he was celebrating his birthday.


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