Kansas House passes 'Caitlin's Law' after woman killed in DUI crash

Posted: Updated:
Caitlin Vogel | Photos courtesy Facebook & KCTV Caitlin Vogel | Photos courtesy Facebook & KCTV

The Kansas House on Monday unanimously passed a law that would increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders convicted of involuntary manslaughter of aggravated battery in alcohol-related crashes.

House Bill 2439, dubbed “Caitlin’s Law," was introduced earlier this month following the May 2016 death of Caitlin Vogel

Authorities say James McAllister ran a stop sign, causing his sport utility vehicle to broad-side the sedan Vogel was driving. The 24-year-old Stilwell woman worked with special needs children as an autism instructional assistant for the Olathe school district.

McAllister, of Overland Park, pleaded guilty last year to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device.

McAllister, who had two prior DUIs, was sentenced to nine years and seven months in prison.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that under Caitlin's Law, the minimum sentence for aggravated battery in a DUI accident case would go from 38 months to 47 months, and the minimum for involuntary manslaughter would rise from 62 to 89 months.

The bill was introduced in the Senate on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.