Man charged in Topeka hit-and-run

February 20, 2020 - 8:49 pm

Shawnee County authorities have charged a man with first-degree murder in a hit-and-run near a Topeka trail. 

Chad Thomas Cuevas, 51, was charged Thursday and is being held on $1 million bond. Police say Emerson Downing, 41, was run over near the Soldier Trail on Monday. 

Witnesses reported hearing an argument and then seeing someone run over a man and flee. Downing was found in a field near the trail and died a short time later. 

Authorities have not said what the men were arguing about.

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