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Dancer's family attends hearing for man accused of wreck that took her life

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

A man charged with felony murder in a Prairie Village woman's death a year ago was in court Wednesday.

Police say Roy Lee Maney was speeding on a Prairie Village, KS, street in October 2013 when he slammed into the car driven by 30-year-old Tiffany Mogenson, killing her. Mogenson is the sister-in-law of KCTV5 Reporter Eric Chaloux.

Maney was arrested a short time later.

Wednesday was an emotional day in the Johnson County Court House for Mogenson's family, friends and those she touched through dance as they have been waiting for the man accused of killing her to be held accountable.

"There is no justice, she's gone. Justice would be to bring her back and that isn't going to happen," said Michael Mogenson, Tiffany's husband, as he fought back tears.

Police dash camera video shows the black Mercedes they said Maney was driving on 75th Street heading east. Officer Brian Warkentin said Maney was going 48 mph when he passed him. Warkentin turned on his lights and sirens, but after 12-to-15 seconds turned them off, saying he believed Maney was then going upwards of 100 mph and the pursuit would be too dangerous.

When Warkentin crested the hill near 75th Street and Roe Avenue, he saw the crash site.

Mogenson was stopped at the red light when Maney is accused of slamming into her car with such force it's believed she died instantly.

The dash cam video shows a man police said was later identified as Maney running from the scene.

Mogenson's husband pulled up to the scene a short time later.

"I got a chance to say goodbyes right there on the street and then I stayed with her through as much of the process as I possibly could because she would have wanted me to," Michael Mogenson said.

Maney is facing a first-degree felony murder charge among others based on the belief that he ran from police. The defense said there's no evidence proving Maney knew police were pursuing him before the crash because he was so far ahead of the officer. Warkentin is heard telling dispatch that he wasn't pursuing the Mercedes at the time of the crash.

However the judge found enough evidence to send Maney to trial on all charges, including felony murder.

Police believe Maney was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He will be back in court on Nov. 20.

Tiffany Mogenson owned a dance studio and her family said they started a memorial scholarship in her name for dancers.

In a statement her family said she “began dancing at the age of 3 and went on to perform around the country with her dance studio. She danced for her high school dance team, in college at the University of Missouri as a Golden Girl, as a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader as well as the director of the Missouri Mavericks dance team. Her proudest accomplishment was opening a dance studio for young dancers in her hometown and continuing to spread her love of dance with others.”

Soon after her death Tiffany Mogenson's dancers adopted the motto “Dance like Tiffany is watching.”

Her family goes on to say:

“With this Memorial Scholarship Fund, Tiffany's wish for everyone to have an opportunity to dance can live on.”

“Back in May, The Tiffany Mogenson Memorial Scholarship Fund announced the first dance scholarship recipients to continue Tiffany's love of dance. The scholarship recipients will now be able to attend dance programs in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, New York, Texas, and Georgia.”

Any dancers ages 7-22 can apply for a scholarship from the fund. The scholarship can be used for any dance related expense, such as workshops, conventions, competitions, or college-level dance courses. Applicants for the scholarship are required to write an essay about why they love dance and describe how they would use the funds to enhance their dance education. The application can be found at www.danceliketiffanyswatching.org.

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