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Manslaughter Trial Begins for Ballwin Man in Hit-and-Run Death

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A police booking photo of George Putney, 52, of Ballwin.

A police booking photo of George Putney, 52, of Ballwin.

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - A man charged in an early 2012 traffic accident that killed a woman who had marched with Dr. Martin Luther King is scheduled to stand trial this week.

George Putney, 53, of Ballwin is charged with involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of the accident that claimed the life of 70-year-old Ciby Kimbrough of north St. Louis County.

Police say Putney was driving westbound on Clayton Road near Woods Mill Road the night of January 26, 2012 when his vehicle crossed the center line and hit Dr. Kimbrough, 70, as she was heading home after visiting her seven grandchildren.

Putney allegedly tried to drive off but his vehicle didn’t make it very far so he fled on foot. Putney later surrendered to authorities.

Kimbrough’s family says she had a PhD in psychology and was involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to her seven grandchildren, she is survived by her husband and two sons.

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