The driver of a hit and run accident that happened on Christmas Day of 2014 has been arrested and charged. At approximately 12 p.m. on December 25, 22-year-old Shanica Burney was driving a car through the intersection of 14th Street and Cass Avenue when she was struck by another vehicle. That vehicle was driven by 46-year-old Larry Donnell Wallace, and police say he ran a red light at speeds around 60 mph before colliding with Burney’s car. Burney was killed in the accident, and her 22-year-old male passenger was critically injured. Wallace fled the scene of the accident and a warrant for his arrest was issued after investigators discovered his DNA on the vehicle’s airbag. He was charged on Friday with assault, second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident, and armed criminal action. He will reappear in court on January 8.
Auto accidents that involve a driver committing serious traffic violations such as aggressive driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and police chases, often result in hit and run accidents. State laws require all individuals to remain at the scene of an accident and individuals that disregard these laws will likely face criminal punishment. Negligent drivers should also be held responsible for the damages they inflict upon victims. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, contacting an experienced auto accident attorney can hold negligent parties responsible by recovering the compensation you deserve for your damages.
The skilled St. Louis hit and run accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth will work diligently to determine the identity of the driver responsible for your accident. We will work to recover the maximum compensation for your damages while supporting you throughout the case. Contact us today for a free consultation.