GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- A Grandview man is charged with leaving the scene of the accident that killed a Burger King manager walking home from work. Ray Anthony Jordan, 41, told Grandview police he had five beers that night and thought he had just hit a deer.
Scott Morris, 38, volunteered to fill in at work for another manager December 26. He ended up closing up the Grandview Burger King.
“I asked if I could stay with him and he said, 'no, go ahead and go home to your kids,'” co-worker Sherrod Ricks said.
Morris was walking home on East Outer Road along I-49 at 1:43 a.m. Police say surveillance video showed an SUV hit him and keep going. Morris died later at the hospital.
“Ain't nobody deserve to go out like that,” co-worker Geneva Coleman said.
Police put out a plea for help, and shortly after Midnight Wednesday family members of Jordan convinced him to turn himself in to police.
“I know they can’t be really feeling all that great about this but I really want to thank them for having the strength and power for them to come forward and convince their loved one to turn themselves in,” Morris' mother Shirley Thomas said.
Jordan had a previous DWI and was driving on a suspended license.
"I don’t care how drunk you are, if you feel you hit something they could've at least checked to see if the man was all right,” Ricks said.
“I’m not angry; I feel really sorry for the family that it happened, but at the same time I feel it’s only fair for my son to get justice,” Thomas said.
Grandview police have asked prosecutors to file charges of involuntary manslaughter, which Thomas also thinks would be appropriate.
Right now he’s only charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license. His bond has been set at $100,000 and no court dates have been announced yet.