Charges filed in wrong-way crash
By MIKE CORN
A 19-year-old former Fort Hays State University nursing student made his first appearance Monday morning in Ellis County District Court on charges stemming from a fatality accident just east of Hays in September.
Cameron Wade Williams, Great Bend, was charged with a single felony count of involuntary manslaughter-driving under the influence and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
Williams was charged in connection with a Sept. 13 accident that killed 37-year-old Douglas R. Feldt, Ellis.
Feldt was westbound just before midnight on Interstate 70 when he was struck by a pickup driving east in the westbound lane.
Both vehicles then were hit by a truck.
Feldt was pronounced dead at the scene, and Williams was airlifted to Wichita.
Defense attorney Robert D. "Rocky" Wiechman, Wichita, sought to convince District Judge Ed Bouker to reduce Williams's bond to $25,000, asking his release be supervised by community corrections in Wichita.
After recovering from his injuries in the Wichita hospital, Williams has remained in the area, living with grandparents and attending rehabilitation at Prairie View in Wichita.
Wiechman said Williams has been "alcohol and drug free since Sept. 13."
Bouker refused to go along with the request, leaving bond at $75,000 and ordering him to jail.
If Williams is able to convince Wichita community corrections -- through the Northwest Kansas Community Corrections -- to supervise him, Bouker said he'd be willing to reduce bond by $25,000.
Bouker agreed to those terms after expressing his concerns about the situation facing Williams.
He noted Williams had been arrested for DUI approximately two weeks prior to the fatality accident.
"Apparently, he went out after being arrested before," Bouker said.
And, he said, Williams had in possession a fake driver's license at the time of the accident.
"I think the $75,000 bond is appropriate," Bouker said.
After the hearing, Williams was handcuffed and taken to jail for processing.