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Suspect arrested, charged after hit-and-run in Defiance

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Police have arrested Christopher Wirstrom, charging him with a leaving the scene of an hit-and-run accident. (Credit: St. Charles County Police Department) Police have arrested Christopher Wirstrom, charging him with a leaving the scene of an hit-and-run accident. (Credit: St. Charles County Police Department)
Daniel Helfert. Credit: KMOV Daniel Helfert. Credit: KMOV

DEFIANCE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police have charged Christopher Wirstrom, 32, with leaving the scene of an accident, after a motorcycle rider was injured in a hit-and-run crash Sunday evening on Highway 94 outside of Defiance. Forty-five-year old Daniel Helfert was hospitalized in serious condition.

Wirstrom is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in physical injury. 

The victim's son, D.J. Helfert, told News 4 that his father said he was struck as he was rounding a corner and had no time to avoid the collision.

"And he looked up and the car was in his lane, the whole car was in his lane so he knew he was getting hit," said D.J. Helfert.

According to Trent Short, a witness who saw the accident and stopped to help,Wirstrom turned around and drove back to the accident scene but then sped away, apparently after seeing the severity of the accident.

According to Helfert, his father's left leg was badly injured. 

"They had to do surgery to determine whether he'd keep his leg or not, they had to decide quickly because it was life threatening, I mean yeah they had to take his leg," Helfert said.

Doctors had to amputate his father's left leg below the knee.

"If you leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident there are serious consequences. You'll be charged 12 points on your license, you could be charged with a felony, you could see jail time," Wheetley said.

Helfert reportedly said he was driving down Highway 94 looking for the car that hit his father and found a piece of plastic at the crash scene. He said he then found a Grand Prix that matched the color and when he looked closer he found it missing a side mirror and piece of the front end, which matched the piece of plastic he found at the crash scene.

Helfert then spoke to with a man at the home the suspect vehicle was parked outside of and the man reportedly confessed and claimed he thought he hit a deer.

Wirstrom is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Helfert, if you would like to donate, click here

There will also be a fundraiser held on July 15 at S.O.P Bar in Fenton for the victim.

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