Monday, September 28, 2015
Felony charges filed against Neosho man in hit-and-run case
The Neosho Police Department questioned Rinehart last week in the office of Neosho attorney Charles Ross Rhoades.
"Based on this interview," according to a news release, "Neosho Police have seized a 2001 Ford Escape with extensive front end damage believed to be the vehicle involved in the accident. (The car is shown in the accompanying photo.)
The crime was detailed in an earlier Police Department news release:
At 1:13 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Neosho officers were dispatched to the area of Highway 59 and Malcom Mosby Drive in reference to a male lying in the middle of the highway. When officers arrived they located a Matthew Brooks Stevens (pictured), age 19, lying in the roadway, and he appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. The suspect vehicle had fled the scene. Paramedics arrived on scene and confirmed Mr. Stevens was dead on arrival.
On September 14 an autopsy was performed on Mr. Stevens at Cox South in Springfield, MO. Results indicated Mr. Stevens had obtained injuries resulting from being hit by a vehicle from behind.
(Note: The Stevens family asked that the photo of the suspect vehicle be circulated in case anyone else has any information about the death.)