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Kansas man who tried to flee fatal accident charged with murder

Pittsburg drivers who unintentionally or purposefully dismiss safety concerns may well face consequences for their behavior. This could mean being criminally punished and/or compensating personal injury or wrongful death plaintiffs.

Johnson County authorities recently enhanced one of several criminal charges against a Kansas driver who slammed into a stopped car in Prairie Village. A 30-year-old woman, a one-time cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in October while waiting for a traffic light to change. The at-fault driver, say police, rear-ended the woman's car and forced it into another vehicle. He was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Minutes before the fatal accident, authorities say a police officer had tried to stop the defendant for a traffic infraction. The driver didn't pull over and took off. The man attempted to escape again on foot after the crash that killed the dance studio owner.

This time, the driver was chased and nabbed by officers. In addition to a new felony murder charge, the defendant also faces charges for leaving an accident scene, interfering with law enforcement and aggravated battery.

The knowledge that a loved one's death could have been prevented adds to survivors' pain and suffering -- a feeling only others who've experienced a similar loss can imagine. In addition to the grief, they may have financial worries over funeral costs, final medical bills and the loss of a wage earner's support. While finances seem secondary at a time like this, families are urged to seek legal assistance for liability claims.

An attorney can cope with the details families cannot bear just after a relative's death. This time is important to a plaintiff's case. It is often imperative for evidence to be collected as soon as possible after a fatal crash so that families receive the compensation they deserve in the future.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Murder charge filed in traffic death of dance studio owner" Brian Burnes, Jun. 10, 2014

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