A man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to a 2017 multi-vehicle accident in southern Leavenworth County that resulted in five deaths, according to a prosecution official.

A man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to a 2017 multi-vehicle accident in southern Leavenworth County that resulted in five deaths, according to a prosecution official.

Kenny Brezette Ford, 58, Greeley, Colorado, is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with five counts of vehicular homicide, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

The charges stem from a July 11, 2017, crash that occurred in the westbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike, which is Interstate 70, near 174th Street.

In Kansas, vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor.

Kansas law defines vehicular homicide as “the killing of a human being committed by the operation of an automobile, airplane, motor boat or other motor vehicle in a manner which creates an unreasonable risk of injury to the person or property of another and which constitutes a material deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would observe under the same circumstances.”

Material deviation is defined in the law as “conduct amounting to more than simple or ordinary negligence but not amount to gross negligence.”

Each count of vehicular homicide carries a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail, according to Thompson.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said the 2017 accident was one of the worst he has ever seen.

Ford appeared in court Friday after being sent a summons, according to court records.

He reportedly indicated he plans to hire an attorney. He is scheduled to return to court May 1 with his attorney.

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