An accident that occurred on Monday left one woman dead and an Independence man in custody.
Eighty-four year old Rita Huscher was killed on Monday when her van was rear-ended, sending her to crash head on into a bridge support pillar according to the Kansas City Star. The accident occurred on Kansas 7 and 95th Street in Lenexa.
Carl Montgomery of Independence left the scene of the accident and was later arrested. He is now being held on $100,000 in the Johnson County jail. He is charged with hit and run resulting in death and driving on a suspended license.
While we cannot know what was going through Mr. Montgomery’s mind immediately following the accident, it may have had something to do with fear of being caught driving without a license.
When you are involved in an auto accident, your adrenaline goes through the roof. He probably didn’t consider the ramifications of leaving the accident and thought he had a good chance of getting away.
Now he face more than just driving on a suspended license charge, he faces a serious hit and run charge as well.
His flight is not all that unusual. Many people who leave an accident scene do it because they aren’t supposed to be driving, are intoxicated, or have a fear that there may be warrants out for their arrest. In the majority of cases, however, these people are eventually caught.
A hit and run charge can be quite serious depending on the results of the accident. For instance, because this particular accident resulted in death, Mr. Montgomery is likely facing Class 9 felony charges and a potential 5-17 months in prison.
This doesn’t include his suspended license charge which could get him additional time as well as fines.
Your best bet when involved in an accident is to relax and avoid further problems like a hit and run charge. If you, however, are facing charges of hit and run or driving on a suspended license, you are going to want an attorney who has experience in these practice areas.
Call me today to discuss the specifics of your case.