Driver charged with manslaughter appears in court

The driver accused of causing a deadly accident on the Belt Highway made his first appearance in court. Bronson Cooper, 23, appeared in front of a Buchanan County Judge Tuesday morning.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 1:49 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)- The driver accused of causing a deadly accident on the Belt Highway made his first appearance in court.

Bronson Cooper, 23, appeared in front of a Buchanan County Judge Tuesday morning.

Cooper is charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter for the crash that killed Cassandra Blackmore, 29, last Friday on the South Belt Highway near 36 Highway.

According to court documents, Cooper was speeding southbound on the Belt and drove through a red light causing the accident.

KQ2 also has learned that Cooper had a warrant out for his arrest at the time of the accident due to a seat belt violation.

The proscutor's office is looking into additional charges for sending Blackmore's 8-year-old passenger to the hospital with serious injuries.

Cooper remains behind bars on a $200,000 bond.

He has until September 7 to find an attorney for representation. His next hearing date is set for September 14.

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