A woman accused of striking and killing her boyfriend with her car in April has been freed on a $100,000 bond.
Tiffany N. Jakee, 29, faces seven charges in Labette County District Court related to events on April 1 that took the life of her boyfriend, William Alex Treiber, 30, of St. Paul. She is charged with first-degree murder, an off-grid felony, which carries a punishment of life in prison. She is also charged with failing to stop at an accident involving death or personal injury, a mid-level felony, two counts of aggravated endangering a child, both low level felonies. Jakee is also charged with two misdemeanors and a traffic infraction. Domestic battery and driving under the influence are the misdemeanors and driving left of center in a no-passing zone is the infraction.
According to the KHP, the accident occurred at 9:17 p.m. April 1 on U.S. 59 (North 16th Street) about four-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 400.
Jakee was reportedly driving southbound on U.S. 59 just south of Larsen Boulevard located beside the convention center at the new Holiday Inn Express. She passed another southbound vehicle in a no-passing zone then drove partially off the roadway onto the northbound shoulder and struck Treiber, who was walking southbound. Treiber was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jakee kept driving south and law enforcement stopped her 2007 Ford Mustang on U.S. 59 at 25000 Road and arrested her.
The probable cause affidavit in Jakee’s case was released to the Sun recently. The affidavit is filed to support criminal charges or an arrest/detainer.
The trooper investigated Jakee for driving under the influence. The police officer who pried Jakee’s driver’s door open to get her out of her car smelled alcohol in the vehicle. Officers took Jakee to the Parsons Police Department and tested her breath to measure alcohol levels. The trooper reported Jakee’s test showed .227 at 10:11 p.m. and .205 at 10:36 p.m., the affidavit said. A driver in Kansas is considered legally drunk at .08.
During the testing, Jakee admitted drinking April 1 and that she stopped doing so when police stopped her, the affidavit said. She admitted driving the car and acknowledged that she thought she had been in an accident. She was Mirandized before making the statements, the affidavit said.
The trooper collected Jakee’s and Treiber’s phones and examined them after receiving a search warrant. He noted one text, about 30 minutes before the accident, in which Jakee allegedly typed that Treiber had scared her for the last time.
Witnesses reported that earlier on April 1 Jakee had two kids in her car and she ended up with them at Stockyards Travel Plaza. Treiber called someone to get the children at the travel plaza because he didn’t think they were safe in Jakee’s car, the affidavit said.
Treiber and Jakee argued at Stockyards, also called Pete’s, because he was holding onto Jakee’s car key so she couldn’t drive, the affidavit said.
The driver of the vehicle that Jakee passed also made a statement. The driver was southbound about 50 mph and noticed a car approaching fast from behind. When the car was behind the witness, its driver stomped on the gas and swerved out. The witness thought the car was going to pass when it veered all the way over to the shoulder and struck Treiber. The car steered back into the southbound land and the witness stopped and called police, watching the car continue on, the affidavit said.
Jakee bonded out of the Labette County Jail late Monday afternoon. She will return to court in Oswego on July 6. The hearing may be held via Zoom or it may be held in the courtroom, depending on what the Kansas Supreme Court orders. Most essential hearings have been heard via the Zoom web conferencing application. Preliminary hearings and trials have been postponed.