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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Independence man charged in fatal vehicular crash in February near Buckner

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2018

An Independence man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal vehicular crash in February near Buckner, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Mathew W. Hepting, dob: 9/15/1993, faces Involuntary Manslaughter 1st Degree and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated.*

According to court records, Hepting was driving the vehicle early Feb. 7, 2018, in the area of Blue Mills Road and Buckner Tarnsey. One victim, Juanita H. Hanna, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, while two other passengers were injured. Police found the vehicle skidded more than 250 feet off the road sand struck a tree. Hepting was injured and was life-flighted to Research Medical Center. The victims told police that Hepting was driving at excessive speeds. One observed the speedometer over 100 mph. A toxicology report on the defendant showed the presence of amphetamines, Benzodiazepines and Cannabinoids. A reconstruction of the crash revealed that speed was a large factor in the crash's cause.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000/10 percent.

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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