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Man charged for allegedly being drunk when causing wreck involving 5 vehicles

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PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City man is accused of killing an unborn baby and injuring eight other people while allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 29 while drunk.

Bryan L. Blankenship, 18, was charged with one count of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and eight counts of second-degree assault.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said the charges were filed Oct. 12, following an investigation involving several law enforcement agencies.

According to court documents, at approximately 12:45 a.m. on April 5, two deputies with the Platte County Sheriff's Department were traveling in the same patrol car on I-29. They saw a vehicle coming toward them going the wrong way in the southbound lanes. Several vehicles, including the marked patrol car, were forced to swerve to avoid a collision.

The vehicle, allegedly driven by Blankenship, was then involved in a collision including five other vehicles at I-29 and Northwest 72nd Street. Twenty-three people were in the five other vehicles. Ten of the 23 victims were transported to local hospitals.

One of the injured victims was pregnant. Court documents indicate that her injuries were so severe that an emergency delivery of her baby was required. The baby later died.

Blankenship was also injured in the crash and transported to the hospital. Toxicology results of Blankenship's blood indicated the presence of drugs as well as a blood alcohol level of .197.

Blankenship faces up to 15 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and up to seven years in prison on each of the assault charges.

A warrant was issued for Blankenship's arrest, setting his bond at $100,000 cash.

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