Toni Anderson's family may file lawsuit in her death

Jim Cunningham
July 05, 2017 - 6:06 am
Toni Anderson

The mother of a missing woman who apparently lost her way and drowned in the river in the Northland says her family plans to sue. 

UMKC student Toni Anderson died after she drove her car into the Missouri River in January. Toxicology reports show the 20-year-old Wichita native had cocaine and amphetamine in her system when she drowned.

Family members did not say who they are suing. Liz Anderson, Toni's mother, said Dashcam video that shows a North Kansas City police officer stopping Anderson the night of her death may play a role in their case.

The video shows the officer talking with Anderson after she was pulled over for going the wrong way on a street. He eventually let her go but asked that she pull into a nearby gas station to "gather herself."

Liz Anderson watched the video and said her daughter appeared "hammered" and should not have been allowed to drive. 

She said the officer must have known something was wrong and asked why he didn't arrest Toni or find her a safe way to get home.

The North Kansas City Police Department said the officer's actions were reasonable.

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