A vehicle versus bicycle accident on Monday, April 10 injured a tourist visiting downtown, resulting in the filing of felony charges for a Hannibal man who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time.

A vehicle versus bicycle accident on Monday, April 10 injured a tourist visiting downtown, resulting in the filing of felony charges for a Hannibal man who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time.

Dakota A. Kuntz, 24, of Hannibal, is lodged in the Marion County Jail, awaiting a bond amount to be set. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton filed felony charges of second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance against Kuntz on Tuesday, April 11. Steven Hagedorn was bicycling on vacation from Minnesota when he was injured after being struck head-on by a black Hyundai sedan allegedly driven by the defendant, according to a police probable cause statement. Several witnesses near the scene at Broadway and Third St. provided Hannibal police investigators with accounts.

Hagedorn was transported to Blessing Hospital after the accident. He told police he was riding his bicycle north on Highway 79, crossing the viaduct and coming to a stop to make a right turn on Broadway to meet his wife for coffee at Java Jive. He said the black sedan appeared to hit the curb in front of him before striking his bicycle head-on. He said he couldn’t see the driver because of how fast everything happened. Hagedorn believed he had flipped over the top of the vehicle, and multiple bystanders rushed to help after the collision. Hagedorn told the interviewing officer that his injuries included broken ribs, cuts and scrapes on his knees and arms and a large amount of pain in his right shoulder.

Marion County Ambulance District Chief John Nemes was among the emergency responders on the scene. He didn’t see the accident occur, but he said he heard Kuntz say he hit Hagedorn. He visually identified the defendant once he was in police custody.

April Baldwin was facing south in her vehicle at a red light at Center and Third streets. She told officers she saw a black sedan pass her on the right side, running through the red light. She reported that the vehicle continued through a red light at Third St. and Broadway before veering onto the east sidewalk and striking Hagedorn on his bicycle. Baldwin saw the driver get out and talk to Hagedorn, then get back into the vehicle and drive south up the viaduct.

Robert Boland gave a similar account, noting “he was driving like a maniac, swerving and weaving around cars.” Boland saw police officers pursuing Kuntz’s vehicle a short time after he saw Nemes assisting Hagedorn.

Hannibal police officer S. Meyers witnessed Kuntz speeding south on Highway 79. The vehicle stopped in a private driveway near Vine and Buchanan streets, and Kuntz exited the vehicle with his hands up. Before Meyers finished providing a description of the driver, Kuntz said, “I did it.”

Kuntz was transported to the Hannibal Police Department for a field sobriety test, which he refused. Meyers booked Kuntz on charges including leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and failure to drive on the right side of the road. The defendant was then transported to the Marion County Jail.

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