An Independence man has been charged after he was driving drunk and crashed head-on into a car early Saturday, killing the car's driver.
Jackson County prosecutors on Monday charged Carl-Dakota Young, 24, with felony DWI-habitual following the fatal crash that killed 45-year-old Patrice Lee of Independence, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
According the court documents, Young was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup westbound on Truman Road, just west of Baker Drive, at 4:30 a.m., when he cross the center line and collided head-on with a 2004 Ford Focus driven by Lee.
When police arrived at the scene, Young spontaneously said he had fallen asleep, struck another vehicle and that he had been drinking.
Later at the hospital, Young told police, “Well, been drinking tonight and was on my way home and I ended up crashing, well fell asleep and ended up crashing into someone.” The officer smelled a strong odor of intoxicants on Young's breath, found his eyes were extremely bloodshot and glassy, administered two eye-based tests that Young failed and placed him under arrest. Young said he did not have a head injury, and he consented to multiple blood draws.
A couple hours later at police headquarters, after Young was treated and released, he told police he had been drinking at an establishment in Grain Valley, where he had five or six Jack-and-Coke drinks. He said his fourth drink was at 8 p.m. and he stopped drinking at 1 a.m.
Young drove his friend's truck because he believed he was in better shape to drive. He dropped off the friend at the friend's mother's house in Bates City, but didn't want to stay there and said he believed he could drive home.
Young said he knew he had struck another vehicle, and as he sat on the curb he called his parents and told them he had been drinking and had been in a wreck. Young injured his wrist in the collision, suffered a cut above his eye and had a sore knee.
Court records show Young has no prior alcohol violations. Prosecutors requested a bond of $150,000.