By Nammi Bhagvandoss
Globe Staff Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. - An Aurora man remained in custody Monday after he surrendered last week in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident July 4 near Sarcoxie.
Jason L. Garrison, 24, is accused of leaving the scene of the accident. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, July 30, in the Associate Division of Jasper County Circuit Court.
Garrison surrendered last Tuesday at the Jasper County Jail, according to a warrants employee. He was in custody Monday in lieu of $3,500 bond on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He was also being held without bond on a probation-violation charge filed July 15.
Wayne A. Peck, 33, 5820 Suburban Terrace, who was driving a motorcycle, was killed in the accident, which was reported at 10:15 p.m. July 4 on Blackberry Road, six miles west of Sarcoxie, according to the initial Missouri State Highway Patrol report.
Peck's motorcycle was struck by an eastbound car that skidded across the center line and then left the scene, the report said.
Efforts to get a copy of a more complete accident report Monday from the patrol's public information offices were unsuccessful.
Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson said leaving the scene of a motor-vehicle accident is a Class D felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Dankelson said his office filed the appropriate charge based on the Highway Patrol investigation.
A sworn statement filed by a state trooper says a man fitting Garrison's description was observed at the scene by another motorist.
According to the statement, Ernest F. Davis of Joplin told the trooper that Garrison called him on July 5, and asked him to pick him up in Sarcoxie and take him home.
"Davis said ... Jason told him that he had been in an accident and asked Davis what he should do," the probable-cause affidavit says. "Davis said that he told Jason to get a lawyer and a bondsman and turn himself in."
Garrison had been on probation since February 2002 on a charge of stealing anhydrous ammonia. The probation-violation charge filed July 15 was connected to that case.
By Nammi Bhagvandoss