Drunk driver sentenced to 6 years for I-29 crash that killed man - KCTV5

Drunk driver sentenced to 6 years for I-29 crash that killed man

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Nicholas Sanders, 25, of Platte City, received the sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in November to first-degree involuntary manslaughter. (Platte County Prosecutor's Office) Nicholas Sanders, 25, of Platte City, received the sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in November to first-degree involuntary manslaughter. (Platte County Prosecutor's Office)
PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A drunk driver who rear-ended another car on I-29, killing the driver, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Nicholas Sanders, 25, of Platte City, received the sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in November to first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

“An innocent man is dead because this defendant got behind the wheel after drinking.  In the age of Uber, there is no excuse for drinking and driving," Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said.

Sanders admitted to driving drunk and causing a crash that killed Michael Sear, 58, who was driving another vehicle. 

Troopers responded to northbound Interstate 29, south of Mexico City Avenue, in the early morning hours of May 28, 2016.  They found two vehicles in the median.

Troopers contacted Sanders, who smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, and slurred his speech. Sanders admitted to drinking that night. 

The driver of the other vehicle, Sear, was unresponsive.  He was transported to North Kansas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sear was driving home from the Kansas City International Airport with his wife when the crash happened.  During sentencing, she told the court that she lost her soul mate, the love of her life, and remains physically and emotionally broken as a result of the crash.

“This completely avoidable crash brought a tragic end to a loving marriage.  One spouse is dead and the surviving spouse will live with the pain this drunk driver caused for the rest of her life.  Please, if you’re going to drink, just don’t drive," Zahnd said.

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