Kansas City police responded to a head-on collision on the Heart of America Bridge on June 7. According to court records, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol from Chelsea C. Summer's vehicle.
Chelsea C. Summer faces involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and driving while revoked charges.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A 24-year-old Kansas City woman has been charged in connection to a head-on crash that resulted in the death of an unborn child as well as injuries to the mother - and it turns out she shouldn't have been driving in the first place.
Ted and Kathy Apley said their 31-year-old daughter has been through a lot of pain and suffering the last couple of weeks, allegedly at the hands of Chelsea Summer, who is now charged with involuntary manslaughter.
"I think she was adequately charged, and what happens after that is hopefully sufficient," said Ted Apley said.
Summer also faces second-degree assault and driving while revoked charges.
"She wants her to know the pain and suffering that Katrina has gone through, how much she's cost Katrina," Kathy Apley said.
The Apleys say they lost their grandbaby, a little girl 24 weeks along, and their daughter lost her job and is having surgeries to see if she can walk again.
"They did a sonogram. That was when they found out she didn't make it," Kathy Apley said. "She gave up her life so Katrina could live. That is very sad."
Kansas City police responded to a head-on collision on the Heart of America Bridge on June 7. According to court records, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol from Summer's vehicle.
Both Summer and Katrina Apley were taken to area hospitals for their injuries. Police say Summer had a .252 blood alcohol level.
Multiple witnesses told police that a truck driven by Summer was headed north in the southbound lane of the bridge when it was involved in a head-on collision with Katrina Apley's vehicle.
Preliminary information from the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office indicated that the victim's injuries sustained in the head-on crash with Summer caused the death of her unborn child.
"Our thoughts are for the victim, for her recovery and for her loss," Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Summer should not have been driving as her license was suspended on May 21. Before that, she has had six prior suspensions of her license, all for failing to appear on a ticket.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $150,000.
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