Man involved in deadly fourth of July crash identified - KCTV5 News

Man involved in deadly fourth of July crash identified

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Charges against a man accused of causing a crash that killed a Belton, MO, woman and her daughter have been amended after investigators discovered the suspect's actual identity.

According to a statement released by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, prosecutors, on Friday, amended charges against a man known as Felix Solano-Gallardo in connection with the July 4 traffic fatality crash that killed Diane K. Bronson and her daughter Anna Bronson.

With the help of federal immigration officials, Kansas City police have determined the defendant's actual identity is Luis Solano-Barrera. Charges were amended last Friday to reflect the name change and to identify Luis Solano-Barrera as the defendant in court documents. Local media outlets were notified by press release on Monday of the update. Solano-Barrera still faces two 1st Degree Involuntary Manslaughter charges in a Jackson County court.

Court documents indicated that Solano-Garrera's alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit two hours after the deadly crash. Witnesses told police that the defendant was driving the wrong way on Interstate 435, near 63rd Street in east Kansas City, the morning of July 4, when he collided with a vehicle driven by Bronson. Bronson's daughter, Anna, was a passenger in the car. Both Diane and Anna were pronounced dead at the scene.

Buddy Bronson, Anna's father and Diane's husband, spoke with KCTV the day after his wife and daughter were killed. Buddy told KCTV that his wife and daughter were on their way to see him at the fourth of July parade in Sugar Creek, MO, when the accident happened. When the name of the suspect was still in doubt, Bronson said, "Regardless of name, that man will have a cross to bear."

Solano-Barrera's case is scheduled for a case management conference this Friday, Oct. 23, in the Jackson County Court in Kansas City, MO. In addition to confirming the defendant's name, authorities also determined Solano-Barrera was born in the year 1988, not 1992 like previously reported. 

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