Kansas City man sentenced for hit-and-run fatality

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – A 25-year-old Kansas City man gets two suspended sentences and 120 days in jail for a hit-and-run accident that killed a 57-year-old motorcyclist, whose wife and daughter were killed by a drunken driver two years earlier.

Ronald O’Kelly was sentenced Friday to seven years for involuntary vehicular manslaughter due to intoxication and four years for leaving the scene of an accident.

Both sentences were suspended and a 120 day time in jail, followed by probation, was the new sentence given to O’Kelly as part of a plea bargain.

O’Kelly pleaded guilty in May to the April 2013 crash that killed Leroy “Buddy” Bronson at a south Kansas City intersection.

Bronson’s wife, Diane, and their 11-year-old daughter, Anna, died July 4, 2011, when a drunken driver going the wrong way on Interstate 435 plowed into their car.


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