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Paola Driver Charged in Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

Johnna FeugateThe driver who killed Johnna Feugate in Paola has been charged with traffic infractions in the collision that led to her death.

9-year-old Johnna Feugate died after she and her twin sister, who were riding together on a bicycle, failed to stop at a stop sign, and were struck by a sports utility vehicle in Paola, Kansas. The collision occurred on September 21st, and both girls were taken by air ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, in critical condition. Johnna died a week later, on September 28, 2012. Her sister, Christina, is expected to fully recover. [Paola Child Dies After Car-Bike Collision]

From the Miami County Republic:

Autumn Bassett, 33, of Paola is charged with speeding, inattentive driving and operating a motor vehicle without insurance, according to a news release from the Paola Police Department.

Bassett was issued the citations on Oct. 31, and her first appearance will be Dec. 13, according to the release.

Deputy Chief Don Poore said the charges are a result of a lengthy investigation, which included help from the Shawnee Police Department’s traffic unit. None of the charges are felonies.

Poore also said the information from the investigation was given to the Miami County Attorney’s Office, but no charges have been filed in Miami County District Court.

Read more: Charges filed against driver in fatal accident

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3 responses to “Paola Driver Charged in Death of 9-Year-Old Girl”

  1. Randy Rasa says:

    A trial date has been set in Paola Municipal Court for the driver involved in a fatal accident that took the life of 9-year-old Johnna Feugate last September. Autumn Bassett, 33, of Paola is charged with speeding, inattentive driving and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. She pleaded not guilty in January.

  2. Randy Rasa says:

    Driver found guilty in fatal wreck case — Judge Sheila Schultz “found Bassett guilty of speeding, inattentive driving and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. April 11, which is the same time the court will also decide how much restitution, if any, must be paid by Bassett to the Feugate family.”

  3. Randy Rasa says:

    Judge denies restitution in wreck case — “Judge Sheila Schultz ruled that the driver involved in a fatal accident last fall must pay fines for her traffic law violations, but she won’t be required to pay restitution to the victim’s family. Schultz ruled that Bassett will have to pay $115 for going 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. She also assessed a fine of $100 for inattentive driving. For the driving without insurance offense, Schultz assessed a fine of $500 and a 90-day jail sentence. The sentence was then suspended, and Bassett was placed on probation for 365 days.” The judge said restitution was a civil matter.