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Murder charge filed in traffic death of dance studio owner

Tiffany Mogenson was waiting at a traffic light at 75th Street and Roe Avenue in Prairie Village when a car driven by Roy Maney crashed into the back of her car. The wreck pushed her car into another vehicle.
Tiffany Mogenson was waiting at a traffic light at 75th Street and Roe Avenue in Prairie Village when a car driven by Roy Maney crashed into the back of her car. The wreck pushed her car into another vehicle. The Kansas City Star

Charges have been upgraded against a driver accused of causing a traffic accident that killed a Prairie Village woman last October.

Roy Maney now faces a felony murder charge, according to an amended complaint filed Monday by Johnson County prosecutors.

They initially charged him with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Tiffany Mogenson, the owner of a Blue Springs dance studio.

Mogenson, 30, was waiting at a traffic light at 75th Street and Roe Avenue in Prairie Village when a car driven by Maney crashed into the back of her car. The wreck pushed her car into another vehicle.

Prairie Village police said that just before the crash, an officer had attempted to pull Maney over for a traffic violation but he sped away. Maney ran from the crash scene but was arrested nearby after a chase.

He also is charged with aggravated battery, interfering with law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.

“Our family appreciates the diligent efforts of law enforcement throughout the pendency of this case,” Michael Mogenson, the victim’s husband, said in a statement. “We look forward to a resolution in the criminal case and continuing to bring beauty into the world through the dance studio Tiffany founded.”

Mogenson was a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader and Golden Girl at the University of Missouri.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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