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Deadly Hit and Run Could Lead To Changes In The Law

The trial is over, the verdict handed down, but the fallout from a deadly hit and run case is far from over.

Shannon Houser was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence in the crash that killed UK freshman Connie Blount; however, he was not charged with causing her death directly.

Now, Lexington's top prosecutor says the case has him looking at ways to change the laws.

"The law basically encourages people to leave the scene of an accident and go sober up if they were under the influence before turning themselves in," said Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson.

Larson says progress has already been made with respect to the law but it was only after what happened to Connie Blount.

"At the time of this crime, leaving the scene of accident was a violation, less than a misdemeanor," Larson said.

Now, thanks to Blount's father, Jack Blount, leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run is a felony and if guilty, a person can spend 5 years in jail. Blount says it's a start but still not good enough.

Blount says he's made it his mission to change the law.

"I'm still fighting in Utah, in Montana and we are going to get this changed across the country. I'm not giving up on this," Jack Blount said.

In the Houser case, Larson says the question he's asked the most is why didn't he go after Houser with a murder charge? Larson says because Houser left the scene, they have no proof of Houser's behavior at the time of the crime.

He adds that he's disappointed by that fact and says it's just another reason to have the law changed.

Jack Blount says, despite the fact he want the law changed, he's satisfied with the outcome of this case, adding he's just happy Houser is off the streets.


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