Sunday, August 1, 2010
Mo. Lawyer Mows Down Local Man, Keeps on Going
An attorney from Mexico, Mo., is facing two charges in the hit-and-run death of man who was on a lawn mower. Mexico Public Safety Assistant Director Brice Mesko says James A. Clampitt was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident [on a Audrain County arrest warrant.]
The arrest came after a driver of an SUV hit and killed Richard Cobb on June 13. Clampitt told KXEO radio earlier this year that he was driving the vehicle but said he was unaware until the next day that his vehicle had been involved in an accident.
Clampitt is free on a $100,000 personal bond.
One can probably safely assume that the victim, Mr. Cobb, was not mowing at night, so one naturally wonders how it is that Mr. Clampitt will explain the concept of not knowing he killed Mr. Cobb who was astride a riding mower. The further mystery is how it is that the radio station KXEO knew to ask Clampitt about the MVA (motor vehicle accident) and yet it took the local constabulary 6 weeks to get around to arresting the attorney?.
I suspect that Mr. Clampitt was liquored-up (or in some other sort of altered state) when this killing occurred; and, that lawyer, Clampitt, made the strategic legal decision that it was better not to report the accident, contemporaneously, for fear of what his blood tests would reveal. We shall see.