On Wednesday evening, a motorcycle accident in Shell Knob left one man
dead and another under arrest. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol,
Aaron L. Poston, 49, was killed while driving his 1967 Harley Davidson
on Missouri 39. According to the official crash report, Poston was struck
head-on by a 2002 southbound Pontiac Grand Prix that was attempting to
make a turn. Poston was pronounced dead at the scene.
KY3 reports that the driver of the Grand Prix was taken into custody on
suspicion of felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter, felony leaving
the scene of an accident, DWI, reckless driving in an accident, and driving
without insurance. However, the driver has not been formally charged as
of early Thursday morning. This accident accounted for Troop D's 50th
fatal crash this year, and its second serious motorcycle accident call
within 48 hours: on Tuesday, troopers responded to another serious motorcycle
accident in Taneyville. That motorcyclist was airlifted to Springfield
with critical injuries.
In the state of Missouri, a driver is required to submit to a breathalyzer
test if he or she is involved in a fatal accident. If the driver is found
to have a blood alcohol limit over the legal limit, he or she could face
serious legal consequences. According to Missouri law, a person intoxicated
while operating a motor vehicle and acting with criminal negligence to
cause the death of any person has committed first-degree involuntary manslaughter.
The offense is classified as a class C felony, carrying up to seven years
in prison. This sentence would possibly be applicable to a first time
offender. However, many other factors can contribute to defendant's
Another serious charge the driver faces is a felony for leaving the scene
of the accident. In Missouri, an automatic Class A misdemeanor is awarded
to anyone leaving the scene of an accident. However, the offense can become
a Class D felony if the accident resulted in physical injury to another
party or property damage over one thousand dollars, or if the driver has
been previously convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
Hit and run is a serious crime. If you're involved in an accident,
be sure you follow these simple steps:
1) Stop the vehicle as soon as possible.
2) Immediately take steps to help anyone injured. If necessary call emergency
3) Exchange personal information (including name, address, insurance policy
information, and driver's license number) with the other drivers involved
in the crash.
4) File a police report concerning the accident.
When a driver leaves the scene of a crash, he or she is normally concerned
about legal consequences associated with the incident. Sometimes a driver
is impaired, uninsured or unlicensed - but the most commonly cited reason
is simple panic.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Aaron Sachs and Associates represent
injury victims in Joplin and the surrounding areas, including Webb City,
Carthage, Sarcoxie, Carl Junction, Lamar, Pierce City, Noel, Anderson,
Pineville and Goodman. To schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation,
please call 1-888-777-AUTO, or contact us online.
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