LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A 23-year-old Lee’s Summit, Missouri woman has been charged in the death of another woman who was sitting on a curb outside of a hotel parking lot Wednesday night.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Camden E. Hager with driving while intoxicated, resulting in death.
According to court records, just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lee’s Summit police officers received reports of an injury crash at the Fairfield Inn off NE Windsor Drive.
Officers found that the driver of a 2015 black Ford Focus had struck a woman sitting on a curb and then struck the hotel, causing significant damage.
An officer began CPR on the victim. She was taken to Centerpoint Hospital by ambulance where she was later pronounced dead. She has been identified as 21-year-old Sandrea N. Sipple.
The crash investigation showed that Sipple was seated on the curb in the parking lot of the hotel. She was struck by Hager’s vehicle and pinned into the building wall, sustaining severe injuries. Hager then backed her vehicle up about 23 feet, according to court documents.
While interviewing Hager, an officer could smell “an odor of intoxicants” on her breath and began an investigation for driving while intoxicated.
The officer asked Hager if she had anything to drink and stated he could smell alcohol on her. She said she had a couple of glasses of Sangria while having dinner with her dad. Court documents state Hager’s speech was slurred when she spoke. Hager agreed to perform field sobriety tests.
While walking to the area where the field sobriety tests were going to be administered, Hager spontaneously said, “well I’m not going to pass the breathalyzer but…”
Hager was arrested after the test showed she had a blood alcohol content of .203. Once in custody, she said, “I told you it was going to be over the legal limit” and then laughed.
Sipple’s family is devastated by the sudden loss of a loved one.
“My baby sister,” sister Lailah Sipple said.
Lailah said Sipple was part of a big family and family was her world. She was a mother, daughter and sibling — a bright spirit that could light up a dark room with her charm.
“I’m going to miss her smile, her laugh, her company, her style, everything, her presence,” Sipple said. “It doesn’t matter how far she is, she’ll always be with us.”
“It’s terrifying,” Lee’s Summit Officer Ronnie Doummit said. “It’s terrifying for the community for anyone walking down the street. It’s worst-case scenario obviously a vehicle vs. pedestrian.”
Lailah said common sense, not drinking and driving, could’ve prevented her sister’s death. She has a message for the driver.
“I just want them to learn from their mistakes,” she said. “Teach someone else to do better.”
Thursday was Lailah’s birthday. Her only wish was more time with her sweet baby sister.
“She’s just such a free spirit and I wish she could be here for me, and I wish my birthday wasn’t going so bad,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, and I don’t think I’m going to celebrate my birthday today without her.”
Prosecutors have requested a $100,000 bond for Hager.
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