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Trial ordered in fatal collision

September 20, 2012

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A 23-year-old Overland Park man was ordered Thursday by Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman in a 2010 vehicle collision.

Sean Barrett Walker’s blood-alcohol content was 0.23, nearly three times the state’s legal limit, two hours after the collision on Oct. 14, 2010, at the intersection of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive, according to a police officer who testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday. Walker’s westbound vehicle struck a southbound car driven by Mary Grace Paez, a 2010 Lawrence High School graduate, according to police. Paez died at the scene.

The police report also lists Walker’s speeding as contributing to the crash. He was headed west on Clinton Parkway and entered the intersection on a flashing yellow light. Paez was headed south on Inverness Drive and entered the intersection after stopping at a flashing red light. Walker’s Jeep struck Paez’s car on the driver’s side. The law that covers flashing yellow lights says drivers may proceed through an intersection “only with caution.”

Walker was traveling at least 11 mph faster than the 45 mph speed limit on Clinton Parkway, and Paez was driving 13 mph in the 30 mph zone, according to the accident report. Paez’s toxicology test in her autopsy was negative for alcohol or drugs.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Walker faces a sentence of 38 months to 14 years in prison. Walker’s trial is set for Feb. 4.

Earlier this month a judge approved a $100,000 settlement for Paez’s parents in a civil lawsuit against Walker.

Comments

SouthWestKs 1 year, 6 months ago

oletimer,

You need to reread the article again.. It said that she stopped & then proceeded into the intersection.. Do to the fact that the other driver was speeding & should have been going 11 miles per hour slower, she thought that she could get through the intersection OK.. I will say it again-If you speed you loose the "right-of -way"!! Enjoy the cool weather..

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oletimer 1 year, 6 months ago

First off, 500 thousand settlement for her death? Really? Where did that number come from? Hope the parents enjoy spending their death cash. It will not bring their daughter back. Second. I hope all you party goers take notice of all this. You may think you can drink then sneak home safely. But realize this. No matter how good you think you are, all it takes is one person running a light or stop sign to wreck your life. It appears that because it was not your fault makes any difference to the public or the courts. You are responsible for your actions, and everyone else who makes a mistake around you. If that does not sober you up, I don't know what will. As for the folks wanting to hang this guy. Really? The accident was her fault. How many of you drink then drive home? Hope this incident does not happen to you. But if it does, be ready. You know where it is going to go.

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SouthWestKs 1 year, 6 months ago

LarryNative,

If you are speeding you loose the right-of-way, period.. Enjoy the cool weather..

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 6 months ago

She ran a red light, he had right of way. Accident was 100% her fault. Give the guy a dui and move on.

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cheeseburger 1 year, 6 months ago

'If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Walker faces a sentence of 38 months to 14 years in prison.'

Given this POS's priors, I'd vote for 14 years, and even that's not enough.

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Topple 1 year, 6 months ago

Drunk driver knowingly gets into a vehicle and ends up killing someone. 38 months? You must be joking. He snuffed out someones life and three years is on the board...

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 6 months ago

Glad the DA is finally using "involuntary manslaughter", when a drunk driver kills a proven non-drunk driver, no reason not to go all the way. But wonder why it took so long to charge in what looks like an easy conviction. Not saying he's going to get the full 14 years, but even 3-5 is much more then people seem to get.

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