SAINT ROBERT, Missouri- Pulaski County Daily News reports a Kansas man is facing charges after striking and killing a pedestrian, the impact throwing the victim in a ditch. Police also allege the motorist was drunk at the time.
The report says a Kansas man faces involuntary manslaughter charges following a Thursday morning fatality wreck on the North Outer Road near Road Ranger Pilot – St. Robert west of Exit 163 of Interstate 44.
According to court documents filed Thursday, Jeremiah Wayne Rapmund, 35, of Milford, Kan., could receive five to 15 years in state prison if convicted of the Class B felony charge. While charging documents note he was under the influence of alcohol, his breath sample taken an hour after the crash showed 0.07 alcohol content, which is 0.01 points under the legal limit. The St. Robert police report said Rapmund told the investigating officer “that he had consumed six beers approximately 1/2 hour prior to driving.”
Police say about 12:21 a.m., the driver called police and “stated he thought he may have struck a deer or possibly a person with his vehicle while travelling on” the North Outer Road. He said “he had stopped and existed his vehicle and called out but received no response,” and then continued on to a St. Robert address, at which time he called police, the report said.
Police said Thursday they “located an unconscious pedestrian in a ditch. Pulaski County Ambulance paramedics and St. Robert Fire personnel were called to the scene, and the Pulaski County Coroner arrived a short time later and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene.”
Due to the high visibility of the crash scene to motorists on I-44, many people saw police, St. Robert Fire and Rescue, and Pulaski County Ambulance at the crash scene early Thursday morning. The vehicle was later removed from another location where it was found with extensive front-end damage and was subsequently taken to a St. Robert police impound facility for further investigation.
Police requested charges of driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter with a vehicle while intoxicated. So far only the manslaughter charge has been filed.
Rapmund is being held in the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash or surety bond, with a special condition of not operating a vehicle or consuming intoxicants.
Court documents do not indicate he has yet retained a lawyer or entered a plea and no hearings are scheduled according to online court records. However, law enforcement personnel say he’s expected to be arraigned on Monday.