Archive for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shawnee man sentenced to 12 years in prison for wreck that killed pregnant woman

November 29, 2016

Raphael Sherman, 21, of Shawnee, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for causing a car crash which resulted in the death of a pregnant woman.

Around 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, Sherman was driving westbound on 75th Street at Metcalf in Overland Park when he ran a red light, striking a Chevy Silverado truck and a Toyota Sienna minivan, both traveling on Metcalf.

A passenger in the truck, 25-year-old Denise Lopez, who was 39 weeks pregnant, died as a result of her injuries sustained in the crash.

Her baby’s life was saved through medical intervention at the hospital.

Several other people involved in the accident were treated for injuries as well.

The Prairie Village and Overland Park police departments both oversaw the investigation.

Back in August, Sherman had pleaded guilty to an amended complaint charging one count of second degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery in Johnson County District Court.

His recent sentence was handed down by District Court Judge J. Charles Droege.

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