Two children from Warrenton were killed when their family was involved in a crash on I-70 near Kansas City, and the driver is now facing charges including DWI.
As reported by KSHB in Kansas City, the driver in the crash is facing two counts of murder, two counts of assault and DWI charges, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Tuesday.
James Green, 60, of Odessa, Missouri, faces second-degree murder charges in the deaths of two persons, two counts of second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated — aggravated offender and driving while revoked.
According to a police report, the family's Hyundai Elantra was rear-ended by a Cadillac Escalade Monday around 6 p.m. while they were traveling eastbound on I-70 near Blue Springs, Mo. The Escalade then crashed into an Acura that was pushed into a Chevrolet Tahoe and a Ford Escape.
Seven-year-old Chloe Beaird and 13-year-old Gavin Beaird were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 39-year-old David Beaird, and 37-year-old Jennifer Beaird were both hospitalized with serious injuries.
A GoFundMe page has been started to help with the various expenses in the aftermath of the crash.
Court records say Green told the trooper he had cruise control on when he was on his way home. He said he looked down at his phone to swipe to change the song and didn’t look up. Green told the trooper he was still looking down when the impact happened, according to court documents.
Green told the trooper he had been drinking before the crash.
Green’s driver’s license was suspended and he had prior convictions for DWI.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $200,000.
The driver of the Escalade sustained minor injuries.