Family Of '93 Crash Victim Upset At Shannon Houser

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

The man arrested in connection to the hit and run that killed Connie Blount has an extensive criminal history. Last week we told you about an accident in 1993, where Shannon Houser was arrested for D-U-I and manslaughter after his friend was killed in a car wreck. The car Houser and his friend Tommy Kiszka were in smashed into a brick wall and burst into flames on Russel Cave Road in Lexington. Houser pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, and was sentenced to probation.

Tommy Kiszka's mother and father wrote a letter to Judge Mary Noble in 1993 asking Shannon Houser be given a break, saying they didn't want him sent to prison for the death of their son Tommy. Talking on the phone from Michigan, Linda said "We didn't want Shannon to go to jail for a long time when we didn't know if he fell asleep or if an animal ran out in front of him, we didn't know."

She said she didn't know Houser well, and he and her son became friends their last year of high school. When asked if her feelings on Houser have changed after these newest charges against him, she said, "At the time it made sense but knowing now I think it would have been better off to stay where he was for a prison."

Kiszka says she hasn't seen or heard anything from Shannon Houser since 1994, the year after her son was killed. She said Houser was back in Michigan to bury his brother and he stopped by their house. When she found out Houser was charged in connection with the hit and run that killed Connie Blount, she questioned whether that letter they wrote 15 years ago, did more harm than good. "Everything is forgivable once. God is forgiving, but if you keep doing it and making mistakes it's not a good thing."

Kiszka says she can't understand why Houser, who was given a second chance all those years ago, could lead a life like this. "You had a chance to make your life better after the accident. Why didn't you take advantage of it. You did wrong once why would you continue?"

Houser is charged with tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident, for the hit-and-run crash that killed Connie Blount.

He's also faced several other charges in the past, including assault, violating probation, and drug trafficking.

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  • by Jody Location: Jackson Mi on Feb 20, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    It was 18 years ago today that tommy was killed, I still think of him every day. Shannon I hate you for taking Tommy away from me and his family. I feel so sorry for the family of the girl you killed! I hope you can never hurt anyone again.
  • by kevin Location: ky on Sep 18, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    I think that he should be pushed out on the road and ran down by a truck. Driven by Connies dad. That might be a suitable punishment. And the daughter should be put in foster care. That way the family ignorance won't rub off on her.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:37 PM
  • by Tess on May 17, 2008 at 09:37 PM
    Tommy was my father he died the night my mother told him about me. till this day i still wonder if his parents can give me any news about him email me if you have any information
  • by Kumar Location: Frankfort on Apr 29, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    Houser needs to be given the death penalty. We need to wipe out people like him from the gene pool after all he gave a bright young woman and another man the death penalty.
  • by jake Location: richmond on Apr 29, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    just goes to show you cannot be leniant on these people, they do not learn a lesson by getting a break, severe punishment is the only way these people get it,. this wonderful girl might be alive today if he had been properly punished for all his crimes, i have gave up on rehabilitation its a joke lockem up
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Apr 28, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    what about murder????? he killed this beautiful young girl that was going to school to make something out of herself, he is a dead beat. why cant the judge see that??? he took the life of someone. why wouldnt he be charged with murder??? its bad enough that he hit her but to go on with out checking on her thats as cold as anyone could get. if it was a good person that worked for a living done that they would get charged with murder. but it seems like if you are a dead beat druggie you can get by with anything. theys one thing about it the judge will have to answer for all the things he has let go one day. i hope that if he gets off free that he can NEVER close his eyes and neither can the judge that let him walk away with a smack on the hand.... oh of course if she had been a law he would have been charged with murder and everything else. he needs to be put away for ever or be put to death.


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