Anthony Battaglia - Courtesy of Platte County Sheriff

Anthony Battaglia – Courtesy of Platte County Sheriff

 

A 29-year-old Kansas City man is accused of killing another man while speeding under the influence of drugs. Anthony J. Battaglia, was charged in Platte County today (Fri) with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance after allegedly driving at more than 80 miles per hour while on several different prescription drugs.

According to court documents, Battaglia rear-ended a car driven by Donald G. Rippey that was parked on the shoulder near I-435 and Highway-152 on February 10th.
Rippy, was transported to North Kansas City Hospital and pronounced dead. Highway patrol officers reported Battaglia appeared disoriented and confused at the scene.

He was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for his blood.

A warrant has been issued for Battaglia’s arrest and bond is set bond at $50,000. If convicted of first degree involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance, Battaglia faces up to seven years in prison on each count.

The charges against Battaglia are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Press Release from Platte County Authorities:

A Kansas City man is accused of killing another man while speeding under the influence of drugs.  Anthony J. Battaglia, 29, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance after allegedly driving at more than 80 miles per hour while on several different prescription drugs.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said charges were filed May 2 following an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

According to court documents, on February 10, 2014, a GMC Yukon allegedly rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu parked on the shoulder near I-435 and Missouri 152.

The driver of the Malibu, Donald G. Rippy, was transported to North Kansas City Hospital and pronounced dead.  The passenger of the Malibu was also transported to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment.

Highway patrol officers who contacted Battaglia at the scene said he appeared disoriented and confused.  Battaglia was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for his blood.

An analysis by the Highway Patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit estimated that Battaglia’s Yukon was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour seconds before the impact.  An analysis of his blood indicated Battaglia’s blood contained amphetamine, alprazolam, carisoprodol, hydroxybuproprion and meprobamate.

Judge Tom Fincham issued a warrant for Battaglia’s arrest and set bond at $50,000.  If convicted of first degree involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance, Battaglia faces up to seven years in prison on each count.

The case is being prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mark L. Gibson and Assistant Prosecutor Amy Ashelford.

The charges against Battaglia are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.