Man sentenced to almost 6 years in prison in hit-and-run crash that killed Eudora girl

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Alfredo Galiano Meza, 29, of Overland Park, was sentenced Tuesday to 68 months in prison for a crash that left a 10-year-old Eudora girl dead and her grandfather injured, according to a news release from the Douglas County district attorney’s office.

Brooklyn Brouhard, of Eudora, was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by her grandfather, Barry Larson, 54, also of Eudora, when the two were struck by a van on East 1900 Road on May 14.

Witnesses reported that the driver of the van proceeded down the ramp, leaving its bumper behind, and returned to eastbound K-10, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Galiano Meza was arrested in Martinsville, Indiana, in early June after investigators were able to track down the van and determine who had been driving it.

Douglas County District Court Judge Amy Hanley sentenced Galiano Meza to 34 months for a count of involuntary manslaughter for the hit and run that killed Brooklyn, and 34 months for a count of aggravated battery the injuries her grandfather suffered, according to the release. The sentences will be served consecutively.

August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times Loretta Nottingham speaks during a vigil for Brooklyn Brouhard, 10, who died after a crash on May 14, 2022.

“Mr. Galiano Meza’s actions devastated a family and an entire community,” District Attorney Suzanne Valdez said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. “My hope is that holding the defendant accountable for his decisions that day will help to heal those who were cared for and loved by Brooklyn.”

Galiano Meza will be subject to 24 months of post-release supervision and will have to register as a violent offender for 15 years, according to the release.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Tatum prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Overland Park Police Department, according to the release.

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