Former lawmaker found guilty of leaving accident scene

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 11:28 a.m. CST

CLAYTON — Former Missouri Rep. Brad Robinson has been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a pedestrian.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting on its Web site that St. Louis County Circuit Court judge James R. Hartenbach issued his ruling in the case Wednesday. He found that Robinson's actions in the early hours of New Year's Day 2008 did not constitute stopping to report an accident.

The victim, Donald Marler of Desloge, was injured in Bonne Terre, about 60 miles south of St. Louis.

Officials say a high school's surveillance camera captured Robinson and his wife switching places in a pickup truck before returning to the scene of the accident.

The bench trial was held in St. Louis County on a change of venue. The 42-year-old Bonne Terre Democrat announced in May that he was not seeking re-election.


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