A 28-year-old Derby man with a string of traffic violations has been charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in a crash that killed a 56-year-old motorist, authorities said Thursday.
Bret M. Davis was being held in Kansas City, Mo., after being arrested there a few days ago, said Sedgwick County sheriff's Sgt. Troy Wells.
Authorities said Davis drove a Cadillac that struck a pickup about 5:30 a.m. June 15 at K-15 and 47th Street South. The other driver, 56-year-old James Miser of Derby, was critically injured and died two days later.
A preliminary investigation indicated that Davis was driving south on K-15 and that Miser was coming north on K-15 and turning left onto 47th Street South, a sheriff's official has said. The intersection has a left-turn light.
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The process to extradite Davis to Wichita was under way, district attorney's spokeswoman Jeanette Clary said Thursday.
An attorney for Davis could not be reached for comment.
During an interview last month about the fatal crash, Davis said: "I was on my way to dropping off my girl at my house, and we collided. It wasn't his fault, it wasn't my fault. I mean, somebody made an error in there. ... It was an accident."
Davis said he had a job driving a moving truck.
Besides the felony charge of involuntary manslaughter while DUI, Davis is charged with driving with a suspended license, Clary said.
The Kansas Department of Revenue has said records showed that the state lifted Davis' license restrictions five days before the crash.
During the three months Davis' license was restricted, officers cited him seven times for traffic violations, records show. Under state law, those tickets did not affect his license because the cases had not yet gone to court, according to the Department of Revenue.
The fatal crash marked the latest of 18 instances since August 2006 where Davis has been cited by officers in Wichita, Derby and Sedgwick County and accused of violating traffic laws, court records show. Of the 18 times he was cited, he was convicted seven times. Some of the cases are pending.