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Boone County probable cause statement gives insight into fatal hit and run investigation

James Pittard
Boone County Sheriff's Department
James Pittard


A Boone County probable cause statement reveals why prosecutors charged a 63-year-old Columbia man with manslaughter and other charges after a woman was hit and killed by a vehicle Sunday night.

Court documents reveal after the hit and run, Columbia Police began looking for a 2019-2020 white Volkswagen Jetta. Three days later during the investigation, Columbia Police talked with James Pittard and twice he denied owning a Jetta according to court documents. However, Pittard's neighbors told police the car hadn't been seen in a while.

While monitoring Pittard's house, Columbia police watched the vehicle leave the residence and then an officer performed a traffic stop for no rear taillights according to the probable cause statement.

In the probable cause statement, a Columbia police officer investigated the Jetta and observed "hair embedded in the windshield, which had damage consistent to a head strike. All this damage is consistent with a pedestrian crash."

Pittard allegedly told his wife the crash was from him hitting pylons according to court documents.

Boone / Columbia / Crime / Homicide / News

Karl Wehmhoener


1 Comment

  1. THIS guy lied to his spouse, then the police twice, denied owning the vehicle and he he gets manslaughter, seems to me he is not a quality citizen and didn’t come forward or show remorse.

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