An Independence man whose reckless driving caused a single-car crash that killed his two sons on St. Patrick's Day 2017 pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and other felony charges in connection with the crash.
Brian Moyer, who turns 43 on Sunday, pleaded guilty to two counts each of second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child, as well as leaving the scene of an accident. A Jackson County judge sentenced Moyer to 15 years in prison on each of the first four counts, as well as four years for leaving the scene – all to run concurrently. Moyer originally had been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Brian and Dustin Moyer, ages 10 and 6 and students in the Independence School District, died in the crash, which happened about noon March 17, 2017, on 12th Street in northeast Kansas City. The elder Moyer and a front seat female passenger were seriously injured.
According to court records, witnesses told police a vehicle driven by Moyer was going between 70 and 100 mph when it crested a hill and left the road, rammed through a wooden utility pole, flipped, struck a chain link fence and landed in a front yard. The elder Moyer and the two boys, none of whom had used a seat belt, were ejected from the car, and there were no child safety restraints in the car.
Police learned that shortly before the crash, Moyer's vehicle had been involved in a minor accident about a mile away, and after the drivers stopped and agreed to exchange information, Moyer sped away from scene, ignoring multiple signs.
Moyer's license was suspended at the time of the crash, and he had prior convictions for DWI, domestic assault and driving without a license and registration.