Man charged with leaving scene of fatal crash waives proof hearing

Shawn Bouley (Greene County jail)
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A former Stone County sheriff's deputy who is charged with leaving the scene of a crash that killed a pedestrian in Springfield waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday morning. That means Shawn Bouley chose not to have prosecutors prove there's enough evidence to have a trial.

Bouley, 40, of Reeds Spring, is charged with driving a car that hit and killed Bradley Bizzle in Springfield on the night of Jan. 22. Until the day after the crash, Bouley was a Stone County sheriff's deputy.

Bouley is not charged for the pedestrian's death. Bizzle, 45, lived in Springfield since last summer after his family says he moved here from eastern Missouri to get a new start on his life.

The hit-and-run crash on National Avenue near Cherry Street was just before 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The northbound car that hit Bizzle did not stop and Springfield police did not find it until the next day. It was at Bouley's home in Reeds Spring.

Springfield police found the car and Bouley after getting a call from Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader the next day, about 11 a.m. Rader said one of his employees told him that he "hit a guy in Springfield last night when he was drunk," according to the probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges against Bouley.

When a detective met with Bouley that day, according to the probable cause statement against him, he said he was heading north on National at about 35 to 40 miles per hour "when he heard a loud noise and realized his vehicle had struck something. Bouley said he thought the object was something large, possibly a dog or a human, but he did not stop to look because he was 'scared.'

"Bouley further explained he feared the object was a human. He stated he was scared to stop because he was 'drunk' or 'buzzed.' Bouley said he woke up the following morning and read the news of the fatal pedestrian crash . . . (and) knew it was him. According to Bouley, he looked at the front of his car and saw it was damaged. Bouley said he then called a co-worker and the Stone County Sheriff to inform them of the situation. Bouley said he was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash," the probable cause statement says.

Detectives found multiple areas of damage on Bouley's car that seemed to indicate it had hit a person. They seized the car, according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week in Greene County Circuit Court. They sent evidence collected from the car to the state Crime Lab, which could take several months to analyze it.

Rader said Bouley resigned the day after the crash, the same day that Springfield detectives interviewed him. Rader said Bouley had been a deputy for seven months.

If Bouley is convicted of leaving the scene of an accident, he could get a prison sentence up to four years and/or a fine up to $10,000. A Greene County judge set his bond at $5,000.

Bouley quickly left the courtroom on Tuesday after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing before Associate Circuit Judge Mark Powell. His first appearance in circuit court is scheduled for May 19. No one from Bizzle's family appeared to be in court on Tuesday.