According to traffic investigators, the driver of a Jeep was traveling at an excessive speed of over 90 mph when it collided with another car on Saturday. Tragically, the collision resulted in the death of a woman and a 2-year-old child.
Derrius Tolson, who is believed to be at least 25 years old, has been charged by the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The charges are in relation to the tragic deaths of Tolson’s girlfriend and their 2-year-old daughter.
On the afternoon of October 14th, around 3:30 pm, a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri, noticed two vehicles that seemed to be racing on Interstate 435 and Bannister Road. The officer witnessed Tolson driving a grey Jeep and running a red light at the interchange. Unfortunately, Tolson collided with a Honda Accord that was turning onto Bannister from I-435. This accident resulted in the loss of two passengers’ lives. The incident is a stark reminder of the dangers of reckless driving and the importance of following traffic laws.
After the collision, the Jeep was thrown into a rollover and eventually came to a stop upside down. The nearby officer immediately called for backup to assist with the situation.
Upon their arrival, the first responders found Tolson with injuries that were not life-threatening and immediately transported him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Sadly, Tolson’s girlfriend was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The child also lost their life in the accident and was pronounced dead on the spot.
Fortunately, the driver of the Honda emerged from the accident unscathed. However, the driver of the Jeep’s racing companion, a light blue Dodge Challenger, failed to stay at the scene of the incident.
According to investigators, the Jeep was traveling at a speed ranging between 92-94 mph during the collision. They were able to determine this by analyzing data from the vehicle’s onboard air-bag system. It was also revealed that no brakes were applied prior to the accident.
During an interview with investigators, Tolson revealed that the driver of the Challenger had revved his engine at the intersection of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Bannister Road, which raised Tolson’s suspicions. Tolson acknowledged that he ran the red light, which led to the collision with the Honda. He also confessed to smoking marijuana earlier in the day during his conversation with detectives.
Currently, Tolson is being held in custody at the Jackson County Detention Center with a bond set at $100,000. He is scheduled to appear before a judge for the first time on Monday afternoon.
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