POLICE REPORT SAYS CONNIE BLOUNT CROSSED AGAINST SIGNAL
By Shawntaye Hopkins
Posted on Sat, Apr. 19, 2008 Top of page
Reports that Connie died Sunday in a hit-and-run accident while crossing against the traffic signal and stopping in the street for an unknown reasons. Connie's father, Jack Blount, is reported to have said that his daughter might have had a couple of beers that night, but he did not think alcohol contributed to the accident.
Reach Shawntaye Hopkins at (859) 231-1386 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1386.
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Reports that a 36-year-old Shannon D. Houser has been arrested in the hit-and-run accident that killed Connie.
Lexington police said Thursday they obtained an arrest warrant for Shannon D. Houser. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted Lexington police in Houser’s arrest. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence.
Posted on Sat, Apr. 26, 2008 Article
The Associated Press Top of page
Reports that cell phone records pointed investigators the suspect in a hit-and-run that killed Connie. Other new findings in the investigation were reported.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
TOO MANY PROMISING LIVES ARE CUT SHORT
By Tom Eblen
Posted on Sun, Apr. 20, 2008 Top of page
Reporter reflects on recent tragedies and past similar occurrences including Connie and Brian Hardin:
"It's too early to say what role alcohol played in last week's deaths, but it appears to have been a factor -- just as booze in the wee hours contributed to the deaths of seven other UK students since 2002. Two young women fell into a flooded storm drain. A young man ran in front of a truck; another in front of a train; a third in front of a car, whose driver also was drunk. Another fell off a cliff while camping with friends. Another fell through a third-floor dormitory window, along with the brother of another student."
"Two University of Kentucky students died in tragic accidents. By all accounts, they were the most promising of young people.
Brian Hardin, 27, died Wednesday after falling and hitting his head on a sidewalk. He was walking near the intersection of Woodland Avenue and Maxwell Street about 4:30 a.m. after a night out with friends at a nearby bar."
Reach Tom Eblen at (859) 231-1415 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1415, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Pat Reavy
"The driver of the pickup slowed down after hitting Connie, her father said, and then took off. Shannon D. Houser, 36, was arrested April 24. But as of Thursday, the most serious charge against him was evidence tampering, a felony." "Jack Blount said he was shocked and frustrated that Houser could not be charged with manslaughter or anything that directly connected Houser to his daughter's death."
"Houser's criminal history includes DUI and another fatal car accident in 1993 for which he served jail time. After the Blount accident, Houser tried fixing the bumper on his truck and asked his friends to help him, Jack Blount said. Instead, they turned him in."
Posted on Fri, Feb. 06, 2009 Top of page
By Brandon Ortizand Steve Lannen
Reports that Shannon Houser was found guilty Thursday of fleeing the scene of a crash.
"As jurors deliberated, Houser's mother, Donna Hoyt, faulted the judge for prohibiting the defense from telling jurors that Connie Blount was intoxicated. Hoyt said it's not fair to blame her son for the accident."
Reach Steve Lannen at (859) 231-1328 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1328.
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