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Driver in fatal Northland crash had BAC 3 times legal limit, police say

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Kansas City police were called about 2:20 p.m. Monday to North Woodland Avenue just south of Northeast 102nd Terrace. Kansas City police were called about 2:20 p.m. Monday to North Woodland Avenue just south of Northeast 102nd Terrace.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A 45-year-old Kansas City man died at an area hospital from his injuries after a head-on crash in the Northland.

The man has been identified as George A. Sykora.

According to court documents, the driver who caused the crash had a blood-alcohol level of .255, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Joseph C. Surratt, 20, told detectives that he drank three beers the morning of the crash but that he was not drunk when the crash occurred. His eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his speech was confused and slurred and he had trouble standing, according to court documents.

"He stated he had smoked marijuana a few days ago but was not high when he crashed," according to court documents. "When asked to explain why his BAC was so high if he drank in the morning, the defendant stated he wanted to talk to his attorney."

Kansas City police were called about 2:20 p.m. Monday to North Woodland Avenue just south of Northeast 102nd Terrace.

Investigators said that the Lee's Summit man had been traveling north when he crossed the centerline and struck Sykora head-on. Surratt also struck another vehicle, but that driver was uninjured.

Sykora was transported to an area hospital, where he later died.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office charged Surratt with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. Surratt remains in an area hospital and has not made his first court appearance.

According to court documents, witnesses told police that Surratt was traveling 60 to 80 mph and passing other northbound vehicles in the southbound lanes. Other drivers were going 40 mph. Surratt allegedly crossed the center line at the crest of the hill, causing the crash.

He told detectives that he thought he was traveling 50 mph at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

His blood was drawn about 75 minutes after the crash.

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