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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Kansas City woman, 22, charged in hit-and-run that killed young woman crossing street

For Immediate Release

Nov. 10, 2030

A 22-year-old Kansas City woman has been charged in a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian, Zahara Kathawalla, dob: 2/2/7/1993, who was crossing the street near 43rd and Main Street in the early morning hours of June 21, 2020, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Shabazz L. Frencher, dob: 1/19/1998, faces DWI -- Death of Another not a Passenger or Involuntary Manslaughter 1st Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident; and Driving While Revoked.*

According to court documents, the defendant admitted she consumed a bottle of liquor and six shots in Westport before driving with a passenger and engaging in a drag race with another vehicle on Main Street. The vehicle exceeded 90 mph in a 35 mph zone and struck a pedestrian crossing Main Street, doing 67 mph at the time of impact with the victim. 

The defendant was recently taken into custody.

Prosecutors requested a $50,000 bond.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

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