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Case Number: WD58275, WD58276 and WD 58277
Judge: Joseph M. Ellis
Court: Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District
Plaintiff's Attorney: Anita Porte Robb of Robb & Robb, L.L.C., Kansas City, Missouri
Defendant's Attorney: John G. Schultz of Franke & Schultz, Kansas City, Missouri
Description: Appellant Anthony L. Fields appeals from a judgment entered against him in the Circuit Court of Jackson County in favor of Respondents Vernon Robinson, Laverne Robinson, and Idora Henderson for the wrongful deaths of Cecil C. Stowers, Jr., Tracy L. Stowers, and Sydney L. Stowers.
On December 25, 1998, at approximately 10:00 p.m., after having consumed approximately 12 1/2 to 13 ounces of cognac, Appellant was driving northbound on I-435 in Jackson County, Missouri. Appellant was driving approximately 100 miles per hour, weaving in and out of lanes, and passing other vehicles. Ultimately, Appellant's vehicle veered through three lanes of traffic, crossed the grassy highway median, became airborne, and entered the path of the southbound traffic on the highway near the 83rd Street exit.
At that same time, Cecil C. Stowers was driving southbound on I-435 with his wife, Tracy Robinson Stowers, and their four-month-old daughter, Sydney L. Stowers. Appellant's vehicle collided with the Stowers' vehicle, fatally injuring the entire Stowers family.
Following the accident, Appellant got out of his vehicle and began walking away from the scene. However, an individual that had stopped at the accident site caught up to Appellant and insisted that he return to the scene, and Appellant complied. Police and medical personnel arrived shortly thereafter. Appellant's blood alcohol level was tested more than an hour after the accident. The test revealed that Appellant's blood had an alcohol concentration of .16 percent.
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Outcome: Affirmed in Part; Reversed in Part and Remanded.
Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown
Defendant's Experts: Unknown