Man accused of felony murder in hit and run appears in court

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Witnesses Wednesday relived a horrible crash in the case against a driver accused of killing a dance instructor last year in a hit-and-run wreck. Roy Maney is accused of felony murder.

It happened at 75th and Roe in Prairie Village one year ago, during busy lunch hour traffic.

Dashcam video shows a Prairie Village police officer attempting to make a traffic stop on a black Mercedes traveling east on 75th street near Lamar at speeds estimated at nearly 100 miles an hour. The officer turned on his lights and siren for less than 15 seconds before recognizing that traffic made it too dangerous to pursue.

Thirty-year-old Tiffany Mogenson was waiting at the red light at 75th and Roe when the Mercedes driven by Maney crashed into the back of her car. The wreck pushed her car into another vehicle.

Mogenson died at the scene. She operated a dance studio in Blue Springs and also was a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader, a Mizzou Golden Girl and dance director for the spirit squad of the Missouri Mavericks hockey team.

Several witnesses described seeing Maney run away from the accident scene. When police captured him in a homeowner's backyard a few blocks away, officers say they detected a strong smell of alcohol on him.

Maney is also charged with aggravated battery, interfering with law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.

Mike Mogenson, Tiffany's husband, testified that he drove up on the accident scene moments after it happened and identified his wife for police. On Wednesday he spoke with reporters and expressed pride over a scholarship fund that's been set up to keep Tiffany's love of dance alive. Fifteen kids have already received scholarships to attend dance programs in seven states.

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