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Nicholas Kulhanek (mug shot BCSO)



A man charged with involuntary manslaughter for a crash last July that killed a motorcyclist has been bound over for trial.

Barry County prosecutor Johnnie Cox says a Highway Patrol trooper and a few other witnesses were called at the January 10th preliminary hearing for Nicholas Carter Kulhankek.

Authorities allege Kulhanek, 27, of Shell Knob was drunk when he turned a vehicle in front of a motorcycle being operated by 49 year-old Aaron L. Poston on Missouri 39 on July 12th .

When Sgt. Randy Kalbaugh and Deputy Christopher Hutson arrived at the crash scene an elderly man told them that a man in a white shirt and brown pants had "run up the hill." Officers pursued Kulhanek and ordered him to stop, but he continued to flee and resisted arrest, according to court documents.According to the probable cause statement used as the basis for the charge/s, "Kulhanek told Trooper Kyle Knight that he had "a couple of drinks, not that many" before getting behind the wheel. When Knight attempted to have Kulhanek perform a series of field sobriety tests the man could "barley walk and needed assistance from three officers to stand." A warrant had to be issued so authorities could take the man's blood to be tested after he refused to voluntarily provide samples.

Cox says he plans to charge Kulhanek, who was released from prison last February for assault, as a prior and persistent offender.  He is also facing charges of resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Kulhanek, who is being held in the Barry County jail on a $250,000 cash only bond, is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on January 22nd.


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