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Shell Knob man arrested in fatality crash

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Shell Knob man has been arrested in connection with a fatality crash in Shell Knob on Wednesday.

Nicholas C. Kulhanek, 27, of Shell Knob, has been charged with felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter, felony leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving and no insurance.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 8:30 p.m. July 11 on Highway 39 in Shell Knob. Kulhanek, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and was attempting to make a turn when he struck a 1967 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Aaron L. Poston, 49, of Shell Knob, head on. Poston was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:15 p.m. by Barry County Coroner Charlie McManus.

Kulhanek was convicted of similar charges in April of 2005. He was arrested for no valid driver's license, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated in April of that year. He was ordered to serve 30 days with the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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