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Man sentenced for leaving scene of fatal wreck

Christopher Nichols, Jr. ( Credit: Leavenworth Co Sheriff's Office)

(KAIR)--A 24-year-old resident of Leavenworth County is going to prison, sentenced for leaving the scene of a fatal 2019 wreck.

According to a release from Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson, Christopher Nichols, Jr., of Basehor, was sentenced Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court to 2-years-8-months of incarceration for one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death to a person.

Thompson, in the release, explains that the felony charge means “that a person knew or should have known a person was dead, yet still left the scene.”

According to Thompson, the fatal wreck occurred near midnight, on October 25, 2019, when Nichols, and the victim of the wreck, had just left a bar, with Nichols, while driving, posting a photo of himself and his unconscious passenger to Snapchat.

A short time later, Nichols “wrecked his Jeep causing the vehicle to roll over, ejecting the victim,” who “was found on the roadway by nearby residents.”

As those residents tended to the victim, Nichols checked on the victim and then ran from the scene, spotted about four hours later at a friend’s house where his father picked him up, with Nichols going to the hospital, according to Thompson, “approximately seven hours after the crash to seek medical attention for his injuries."

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