Driver was texting just before fatal accident

Struck a man in a wheelchair

June 29, 2018 - 10:55 am

Court records say a Kansas City driver charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash was texting before he struck a man using a wheelchair.

The Kansas City Star reports that 21-year-old Ramello Robinson was charged over the weekend with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident that killed 50-year-old Phillip Noel, of Kansas City. His bond is set at $10,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The crash happened last month in downtown Kansas City. Court records say surveillance footage showed Robinson had a green light and Noel entered the intersection after the light had turned green. Police say Robinson was texting at the time. Robinson's partner was in the vehicle, along with their 4-year-old. The partner initially told police she'd been the driver.

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