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Hit and run may bring homicide charges in 2 deaths

Last week in Wichita, a driver collided with a transport van for adults with intellectual disabilities, killing two and injuring several others. He then fled the scene of the accident, but was apprehended only a few blocks away and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while under the influence.

The driver, 56, is in jail under a bond of $300,000. The crash claimed the lives of two mentally disabled men, ages 25 and 48 as they returned to Starkey after participating in a day program. Police had not yet upgraded the charges to reflect the men's deaths.

A third Starkey resident survived the accident but was critically injured. A staff person received serious injuries, while another was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local medical center and later released.

Getting into a major collision can cause confusion and fear for the drivers involved. Sometimes a driver's fight-or-flight mechanism is triggered in the crash and affects their judgment. This may have been one reason that the driver who allegedly struck the van ran from the scene.

If you make such a tragic error on the road, it's never a good idea to flee. However, if that is the first reaction you have, it is not too late to rectify the situation. After consulting with a criminal defense attorney who can advise you of your rights, you can arrange to surrender and spare yourself the indignity and spectacle of a very public arrest scene.

You and your attorney can then work closely together to craft a defense that may sway the court in your favor at your trial.

Source: Hays Post, "Suspect arrested in deadly Kansas hit-and-run crash," May 09, 2016

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