|Nicholas Kulhanek (mug shot BCSO)|
A man charged with involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest in connection to a fatal crash last summer has pleaded guilty.
Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox has asked the court to cap the sentence for Nicholas Kulhanek at twenty years on the involuntary manslaughter charge, with the other sentences to run concurrent ( at the same time) when he is sentenced on May 21st. Kulhanek, 27, of Shell Knob, was drunk when he turned his vehicle into the path of a motorcycle on Highway 39 that was operated by 49 year-old Aaron Poston, also of Shell Knob.
When Barry County Deputies Randy Kalbaugh and Deputy Christopher Hutson arrived at the scene of the fatal crash, 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 have Kulhanek's blood drawn to be tested after he refused to voluntarily provide samples.
Kulhanek has remained jailed on $250,000 bond in Barry County since his arrest last July.