Charges filed in fatal hit-and-run in East Bottoms

 

KANSAS CITY – Felony charges have been filed against a 39-year-old Kansas City man in connection with last week’s fatal hit-and-run.

Johnny L. Neeley faces one count of Second Degree Involuntary Manslaughter, one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and one Class D Misdemeanor of Driving While Revoked/Suspended.

According to a probable cause statement, officers responded to 1800 E. Front Street on Tuesday, April 9 at approximately 1 p.m. in regard to a fatal hit-and-run crash.

A dark blue Nissan was traveling westbound on Front Street and through the intersection at 1800 E. Front Street when it crashed into a Cadillac Deville, which was traveling north.

The driver, Neeley, fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. The front seat passenger of the Nissan suffered non-life threatening injuries and remained at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries. The passenger of the Cadillac, identified as 78-year-old Emma Hayes of Kansas City, was also transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead from the injuries sustained.

A witness who was driving on Front Street said he saw the Nissan chasing a black Chevrolet pickup. Both trucks passed him on either side of his vehicle, and the witness saw the Nissan crash into the Cadillac. He then said he saw the driver of the Nissan climb out of the driver window, walk to the passenger side of the vehicle and retrieve an unknown object from the glove box and leave on foot.

Another witness said she thought the Chevrolet and Nissan were involved in a road rage incident or a street race.

Officers responded to Neeley’s home, who refused to exit his house. An Operation 100 ensued at approximately 3:15 p.m. and continued until 7:10 p.m. when Neeley finally exited his home and was apprehended.

During an interview with Neeley at the police facility, Neeley said he was involved in an altercation at his residence with a man that his girlfriend had hired to do some construction work.

The man arrived in a black Chevrolet pickup truck and after the altercation ended, the girlfriend called and told Neeley the man was following her and she feared he was going to harm her.

Neeley said he then picked up a passenger so he would have a “witness” with him. Neeley then drove toward Front Street. Neeley stated he pulled onto Front Street to catch up with the Chevrolet so he could record the license plate. Neeley said he was traveling approximately 50 mph when he drove through the intersection and saw the white Cadillac turn left in front of him.

Neeley stated his light was green and he tried to avoid the crash by braking and turning to the right, but was unable to avoid the collision.

After the crash, Neeley climbed out of the Nissan through the driver’s window and fled on foot across the train tracks. He then asked a driver of a semi truck to give him a ride home. The driver gave him a ride to a gas station and then Neeley walked to his residence.

Neeley is currently released on bond with an arraignment scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at at 9 a.m. in Kansas City.

Comments are closed.

  • American Jazz Museum welcomes Interim Executive Director

    9 hours ago
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News The American Jazz Museum (AJM) is working to make strides toward a more successful future. The […]


    Frontier Teacher of the Year aims to leave positive impact on students

    9 hours ago
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News When she was six years old, Maddie Stockdall didn’t make a list of toys she wanted […]


    The Northeast News Scavenger Hunt!

    9 hours ago
    by

    New data takes deep-dive into state of KCPS and charter schools to improve educational ecosystem for all students

    May 15th, 2019
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Kansas City Public School District presented an analysis of the entire educational system in Kansas City, […]


    Park land for sale aims to spur neighborhood collaboration

    May 15th, 2019
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners has voted to put 55 acres of park […]


  • Splitlog Coffee Co. to open second location in Pendleton Heights

    May 15th, 2019
    by

    Johanna Pounds Editorial Assistant Northeast News Splitlog Coffee Co. is a intimate coffee shop, whose hustle and bustle seem more […]


    Mattie Rhodes program seeks to break the cycle of violence in Northeast

    May 15th, 2019
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News The Mattie Rhodes Center is implementing Project Change, a community resource pilot program in the Historic […]


    Northeast Kansas City man faces charges in connection with 2014 shooting

    May 13th, 2019
    by

    Kyle D. Whitley, 30, of Northeast Kansas City, Mo. has been charged in the May 2014 shooting of Alfadil Sabil.


    Save The Paseo petition signatures approved

    May 10th, 2019
    by

    The Kansas City Missouri City Clerk’s office yesterday released an official notice stating the Save The Paseo grassroots organization had garnered the required number of signatures on their initiative petition.


    Tattoo artist discusses his journey in the industry, opening shop in Northeast

    May 8th, 2019
    by

      Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Nick Young got his first tattoo at 13 years old: a small cross on his […]


  • What’s Happening

    CID: Scavenger hunt on Independence Avenue

    REMEMBER THIS? Ink Blotter

    Dorri Partain Northeast News A handy companion to the fountain pen, the ink blotter prevented smears and blotches that often […]

    Brush Creek synonymous with Plaza living

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News This Kodachrome postcard published in the late 1950s shows the numerous apartment buildings built on the […]