Archive for Thursday, July 3, 2008

DA to meet with family of victim in fatal hit-and-run

The family of a 60-year-old man killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident will get answers next week.

July 3, 2008


Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson could decide as soon as next week whether to file charges against a 22-year-old Lawrence man police say was involved in a May hit-and-run fatality accident on West Sixth Street east of Kasold Drive.

Branson said he received final reports from the coroner's office Friday morning, and he will meet on Monday with the family of Thomas Crum, the 60-year-old Lawrence man killed in the accident.

The accident occurred just before 2 a.m. May 4. Crum was driving a 1984 Pontiac east on Sixth Street when his vehicle was struck by a gray-colored 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee headed north on Gateway Court, police said. The driver of the Jeep left the scene.

A day later, police said they identified, located and questioned the driver of the Jeep. But he wasn't arrested. The vehicle was tracked through identification numbers on Jeep parts found at the scene, police said.

Branson said his office will conduct a complete review of the accident before determining whether charges are filed against the driver. Earlier this week, Branson said his office was waiting on toxicology results to complete the report.

Crum had been celebrating his 60th birthday with family just before the accident.


OnlyTheOne 9 years, 11 months ago

One could speculate that since the deceased was celebrating his birthday earlier that night possibly he may also have been drinking and that could be embarrassing to the family. Or lead to a his fault, no his fault, no his fault......... Or as some might say "reasonable doubt."That being the case charges of leaving the scene and some others might be lodged but not manslaughter, etc. and, IMHO, it would be appropriate to discuss the facts and probabilities with the surviving family so they don't get blindsided by a decision they weren't expecting.

somebodynew 9 years, 11 months ago

OK everybody take a deep breath and think a minute. (OK I know that is a stretch for this board.) If this were a family member of mine (thank God it isn't), I would WANT the DA to take the time to meet with me before anything comes out to the public. The family DESERVES that and should be extremely pssd if that didn't occur. I know it a joke to say this on this forum, but let's not jump to negative conclusions just yet. It seems like real news may be coming after the meeting and they we can make our own judgements on the merits of that.I, for one, am pleased to see the DA have the blls to meet in person with the affected family and not hide behind some lame "I can't discuss an open case" kind of thing.

sinedie 9 years, 11 months ago

K.S.A 8-1602 governs conduct after a serious accident, I believe: is correct in that it is improper for the DA to meet with the poor man's family. Do your job and charge the perpetrator according to the law.

Bone777 9 years, 11 months ago

Hit and run fatality accident. What exactly is the DA wanting from this family. His job is to prosecute on the merits of the case. When someone is involved in an accident, that they lose parts big enough to identify their vehicle, they have a duty to stop and render assistance and provide insurance information. If they leave the scene, especially late at night at prime DWI time, they need to have the book thrown at them. It makes absolutely no difference if both drivers were drunk so I see no relevence of the toxicology report, which I am sure was from Crum.

monkeyhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

How could one NOT be charged for a hit and run? Isn't that act, in itself, a crime?It always makes me nervous in this city that there may not be actual consequences for wrongdoings.

MississippiFrog 9 years, 11 months ago

College kid, I'm sure, 2 a.m. what more needs to be said? If it would have been me or you, we would still be sitting in jail. That kid must have parents in high places.

Bone777 9 years, 11 months ago

The DA has a responsibility to the public. The 22 year old already committed a crime by leaving the scene of an accident. He showed his character by going home, minus some major car parts, and trying to act like he wasn't in an accident that just killed somebody. The DA is on the hook if this kid goes out and smucks somebody else.

ksuone1 9 years, 11 months ago

Well as I have previously stated and won't repeat my self here but Told You So ...So the truth won't ever be known and really nobody will care so marches on the history of a Drunk Driver....or drivers...The emotions are only meant to be twisted by people seeking financial compensation.....but never live with that and don't repeat the same stupid mistakes and say that you can handle it by thinking are different....An acorn doesn't fall far from the oak.... so don't drink it isn't worth it ...especially at stupid disgusting bars...the costs are too great ....

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