(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Holliday has announced the filing of upgraded charges against Curtis Lee Hagey. Hagey is the alleged driver involved in a fatal crash on August 2 in St. Joseph on South 6th Street.
Hagey was initially charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree.
On Friday, August 9, the Buchanan County Prosecutor's Office announced upgraded charges for Hagey, which include felony-murder, tampering in the first degree, and class D felony of endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors allege that Hagey was driving a stolen 2019 Ford F-250 truck at a high rate of speed in the wrong lane of traffic, which led to the crash that killed 68-year-old James Spillman on August 2. The crash happened on S. 6th St. near Oak St.
The crash also injured an 11-year-old juvenile in the vehicle that was struck. Hagey also had a child under the age of 17 in the stolen vehicle with him at the time of the crash, according to the Buchanan County Prosecutor's Office.
Felony murder in Missouri is a class A felony that carries a 10-30 year punishment or life imprisonment.
The complaint further alleges that Hagey is a "prior offender" under Missouri law that has been previously convicted of the felony of unlawful use of a weapon in 2017.