Former Dallas City Council Member Indicted Over February Scooter Accident

Dallas City Council member Kevin Felder's mug shot
Dallas City Council member Kevin Felder's mug shot
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A Dallas County grand jury has indicted former Dallas City Council member Kevin Felder. Felder is charged with failure to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony, according to county records.

Felder was arrested in February after an altercation with an 18-year-old riding a scooter in South Dallas. WFAA reported Felder's indictment first.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police officers responded to a possible hit-and-run involving a motorized scooter and a "bluish" Ford Fusion near Billy Dade Middle School on Feb. 13 after receiving a 911 call.

When the cops arrived, they found the scooter rider being treated by Dallas Fire and Rescue paramedics. The rider, police said, was rotating an ice pack between his right hand and left elbow.

The 18-year-old told police he'd been riding in the far right lane of Malcolm X Boulevard headed toward Al Lipscomb Way when the Fusion hit him from behind.

"The rear tire of the motorized scooter went underneath the front bumper on the right side of the Ford Fusion, near the front tire," the affidavit said. "This caused the motorized scooter to abruptly stop and throw (Felder's accuser) off so quickly he could not brace himself prior to hitting the ground."

After being hit, the scooter rider told police, he attempted to roll his good, left shoulder so he did not injure his right arm, because he is "moderately disabled," with his right arm significantly shorter than his left. Hitting the pavement skinned the man's left elbow, causing it to begin bleeding, he told police. Felder's accuser also experienced swelling and extreme pain in his right arm, he said.

The scooter rider dragged his scooter from under Felder's car, he told police, and got into an argument with the council member.

A witness who saw the altercation told police Felder screamed, "Do you know who I am?" at the scooter rider.

Felder left before police arrived, the witness said.

Felder, who failed to qualify for a runoff in his reelection campaign, denied the allegations against him through an attorney in February. Felder and the scooter rider got into an altercation, the former council member's lawyer said, because the council member yelled at the rider to stop zigzagging across the street.

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