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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run formally charged

Posted: September 29, 2012 - 2:45am
Updated: October 3, 2012 - 2:35am

Brock T. James
Photo courtesy: Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Suspect Formally Charged:

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested 26-year-old, Brock James, around 9:30 Sunday evening, October 30th, at his Olathe home.

James was charged with failure to stop at accident with known death, a level 5 Felony charge, at his October 1st first appearance in court. Bond was set at $50,000.

County booking records show bond was posted on October 2nd.

James' next court date is October 11, at 10:30 a.m..

Victims Identified:

Authorities have identified, 41-year-old, Christopher P. Randolph of Kansas City, Missouri as the man killed in the accident. Charlesetta M. Redd, 39-year-old of Kansas City, Missouri, was also injured in the accident.

The Highway Patrol says Randolph was refueling a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 when he was fatally struck by a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. Investigators say the collision caused the Dodge mini van to strike and seriously injure the second pedestrian, Charlesetta Redd. Redd was transported to an area hospital by Johnson County Med-Act, where she has been treated and released.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Original post, last updated: September 29, 2012 - 8:01am

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning fatal accident on Interstate 35 in Lenexa.

Emergency crews at the accident scene
Police say the accident was reported at 2:20, Saturday morning, in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 just to the north of College Boulevard in the construction zone.

A witness tells Police that a subject was refueling a stalled van in the right lane and shoulder when that person was struck by a passing pickup truck. Another person, with the stalled van was also injured in the accident.

The person who was fueling the van was pronounced deceased at the scene, the other subject was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

Officers reported the stalled van came to rest blocking the right and center lanes after being struck, and also had a driver's side door missing following the impact.

Olathe Police responded to the scene and closed all lanes of northbound Interstate 35 at 119th Street until crews from the Kansas Department of Transportation are able to respond.

Olathe Police with all northbound lanes
of Interstate 35 closed at 119th Street
Police searched for the driver of the pickup truck which was found abandoned, approximately three-quarters of a mile away, with heavy front end damage north of the accident scene. Lenexa Police deployed their K-9 unit in the area with assistance from Shawnee and Overland Park Police.

Troopers requested assistance from a helicopter from Kansas Highway Patrol Troop B or the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department however, no helicopters were available to respond.

The area search was cleared just after 4 a.m., with no one located. Police continue to check with businesses that are open in the area to see if anyone has seen the suspect driver.

Officers believe they have identified the registered owner of the suspect vehicle however, that subject has not been taken into custody at last check.

Kansas Department of Transportation crews arrived at 4:21 a.m. to takeover the task of keeping the northbound lanes closed at 119th Street.

All northbound lanes were reopened at 8 a.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

No other details have been released.

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