News: Kansas City Chiefs team physician pleads guilty in fatal crash on I-70

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced that a Kansas City Chiefs team physician pleaded guilty in connection with a fatal crash that occurred in November 2023, according to KSHB.


Dr. Michael Monaco pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving and agreed to pay a $2,000 fine but will not face prison time, prosecutors said.


The incident took place on Interstate 70 at Lee’s Summit Road, where Monaco was driving home following the Chiefs’ trip to Germany.


Another motorist, Robert Piper, had stopped and gotten out of his car to try and help after a previous crash in which a person died. Investigators determined that Monaco tried to drive around the crash scene but did not apply the brakes, swerved, and struck Piper, who was killed.


A settlement was reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Monaco by Piper’s family.


Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker’s office released a statement on the case that read in part, “This marks the most appropriate outcome of the portion of this tragedy that is under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.”


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