Fatal hit-and-run driver sentenced to 9 years in prison

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Joseph Holliway

LIBERTY, Mo. – A man, who was found responsible for a fatal hit-and-run back in 2013, has been sentenced to several years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Joseph C. Holliway, 56, has been sentenced to nine years in prison as a result of striking 31-year-old pedestrian and former Worlds of Fun employee, James D. Barker, back on July 23, 2013 with a truck near Highway 210 and Searcy Creek Parkway in Kansas City. Barker was found face down near a shattered light pole wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts.

Holliway was seen by witnesses striking the light pole and Barker with a white truck pulling a trailer, which authorities later discovered had sustained damage consistent with striking a light pole, quickly naming him a suspect. Dashcam video also showed KCPD officers passing a white truck pulling a trailer while on their way to the scene. When confronted by police, Holliway admitted to driving the vehicle, striking the pole and hitting and killing Barker.

Holliway pleaded guilty on June 18 to involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident where another person was injured. Holliway was denied probation and faced a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison. He was sentenced to six years for the involuntary manslaughter, and three additional years for leaving the scene of an accident; a total of nine years.