For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019
A 41-year-old Independence man has been charged with two felony counts after a vehicle he was driving on Benton Boulevard lost control and struck the victim as she was trying to get into her vehicle on the roadside, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Christopher D. Wilson, dob: 10/03/1977, faces Assault 2nd Degree and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.*
According to court records filed today, Kansas City police were dispatched early in the morning of June 16, 2019, to 31st and Benton Boulevard in Kansas City regarding a serious injury hit-and-run crash. An investigation revealed that a brown 1972 Chevrolet Caprice with gold trim and gold wheels was driving on 31st Street at a high rate of speed. Just east of Benton, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the victim, as she was trying to enter the driver's seat. Four witnesses were with the victim at the time of the crash. Surveillance video from the area revealed a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle that had fled the crash scene had participated in a car show at a Juneteenth celebration in the area of 18th and Vine on the evening of June 15. Social media posts, which included images of the license plate on the suspect vehicle, allowed the police to link the suspect vehicle to the defendant. A computer check of license plates recorded to be in the area about the time of the crash revealed the license plate associated with the defendant. Witnesses identified the defendant as the driver of the suspect vehicle involved in the crash. The victim sustained two broken legs and as a result of the injuries her right leg was amputated below the knee.
The defendant was taken into custody on Monday;
Prosecutors requested a bond of $75,000
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.