Bond reduction rejected for Missouri woman involved in fatal car accident

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A Florissant woman who allegedly caused a crash that killed a Kansas City driver on Interstate 70 near Midway in September was denied a request for reduced bond in Boone County Associate Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Keaunia Brooks, 23, is charged with one count of driving while intoxicated in a crash that caused the death of another person and two counts of of DWI involving a serious physical injury.

Brooks was involved in a crash on Sept. 22 near I-70’s 118-mile marker.

She was driving westbound in a Nissan when she swerved across the median and struck another car traveling eastbound nearly head on, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol crash report. Anitia Pierden, 35, of Kansas City was driving the other car at the time and was killed in the crash.

Brooks and passengers from both cars suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital, the report said.

A Highway Patrol investigator wrote in a probable cause statement that he could smell marijuana in Brooks’ car immediately after the crash and that her passenger, Alexus Murrel, admitted the two had smoked marijuana before the wreck. He said he also found more marijuana in Brooks’ purse when he searched her car at a tow lot.

Associate Judge Michael Bradley issued a warrant for Brooks’ arrest on Dec. 4, and she appeared in court on Wednesday. Her attorney, Michael Colona, asked that her bond of $100,000 be reduced, but Bradley denied the request.

Bradley ordered Adult Court Services to investigate the bond and determine Brooks’ eligibility for house arrest with random drug testing.

Bradley granted Brooks’ request that she not be required to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device until her trial.

Brooks was booked into the Boone County Jail on Wednesday. The case is set for a status hearing on Jan. 23.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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