Teen accused of hitting, killing man while intoxicated faces judge

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A 17-year-old Overland Park boy appeared in Johnson County Court Thursday, accused of hitting and killing a man while behind the wheel. The boy Thursday surrendered to juvenile authorities while he awaits trial.

The incident happened in August when the 17-year-old boy allegedly was driving while intoxicated and hit a 52-year-old man and his girlfriend.

It happened near 84th and Tomahawk. Investigators say 52-year-old Kevin Moroney was walking his girlfriend, Maureen Hogg, out to her car. The two were standing in the street near Hogg's car when the teen allegedly ran them down.

Prosecutors are seeking to have the teen charged as an adult. He already was under juvenile probation and house arrest after convictions for being a minor in possession of alcohol and a drug paraphernalia charge.

"It is very emotional on both sides," said Courtney Henderson, the boy's lawyer. "There is certainly the sympathy that everyone has for the victims in these matters. This was a terrible tragedy, there was a life lost. There was another person greatly injured. And then you have the family of (the boy) who is very concerned about his well being and his future while still having great sympathy for those on the other side. It is a very difficult balancing act I believe for everyone involved."

Henderson asked that the boy be allowed to visit his 19-year-old brother while he remains in juvenile detention. Typically, anyone must be 21 or older to visit someone in juvenile custody. A judge is considering that request.

Relatives of the victims declined to comment, citing a civil suit that has been filed in the case.
The teen is scheduled to be back in court on November 20.