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  • KC man pleads guilty in fatal crash

  • A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a February 2012 crash in Blue Springs that killed an Oak Grove woman last year.



    Jeffrey T. Jackson, 53, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County court to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in the crash that killed Ashlie Limbaugh, 33, of Oak Grove, on Feb. 21, 2012, at Interstate 70 and Woods Chapel Road.

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  • A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a February 2012 crash in Blue Springs that killed an Oak Grove woman last year.
    Jeffrey T. Jackson, 53, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County court to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in the crash that killed Ashlie Limbaugh, 33, of Oak Grove, on Feb. 21, 2012, at Interstate 70 and Woods Chapel Road.
    Jackson will be sentenced on June 27 after undergoing a pre-sentencing assessment ordered by Jackson County Judge Charles McKenzie.
    Witnesses told Blue Springs police that several vehicles were sitting at a light on northbound Woods Chapel Road just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2012, when a car came up the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 at a high speed. He lost control in a right-hand turn and hit Limbaugh’s vehicle, knocking her into the passenger seat and knocking her car into the guard rail. He also damaged two other cars in the crash.
    Witnesses told police that Jackson had tried to flee on foot, but they held him until police arrived. He was taken to a local hospital.
    Court documents said Jackson’s blood tested positive for marijuana and benzodiazepines, which is present in sedative drugs like Xanax and Valium. Jackson had also told police he drank a beer earlier that day.
    According to court records, when police told him at the hospital that Limbaugh had died and then repeated it, thinking Jackson hadn’t understood, he reportedly said, “OK, well let’s get things going then.”
    Other witnesses said prior to the crash, they saw Jackson speeding at an estimated 100 mph on I-70. A passenger in his vehicle, Deborah Williams, was also injured in the crash.
    Williams told police that while she was in Lee’s Summit, with Jackson accompanying her, her car wouldn’t start. After Jackson jump-started it, he got into the driver’s seat and proceeded to drive erratically as she pleaded with him to stop. As they sped northward on Missouri 291, Jackson kept saying he was “not afraid to die,” Williams told police. She also told police she saw the speedometer reach as high as 110 mph.
     
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