Although she was released from jail on her own recognizance, a 67-year-old Mansfield woman faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter after a fatal accident on U.S. Highway 60 in Fordland. According to an accident scene investigation by the state highway patrol, she was driving a car east on the highway when she struck the rear of another vehicle. The impact forced the second vehicle off the road and overturned it.
Missouri residents may be interested to learn that, on Oct. 27, it was reported that a former Episcopal bishop who killed a bicyclist in a drunk driving crash in Maryland was sentenced to seven years in prison. The accident occurred on Dec. 27, 2014.
On Aug. 22, a Missouri man was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony vehicular assault after a March motor vehicle accident. The 36-year-old reportedly caused the Smithville crash that injured two people when he had been drinking and trying to get to Warrensburg.
When a Missouri resident is charged with driving while intoxicated, they could potentially face a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge. The severity of the charge they receive depends on a number of factors, including whether or not they have previous charges, their blood alcohol levels and if anyone suffered an injury in the alleged incident.
A bill regarding the provision of alcohol to minors is making its way through the Missouri legislature. Testimony was taken on March 17, and no opposition to the bill was voiced. The bill would make providing alcohol to minors a felony, increasing the potential penalties from those that are currently imposed.
On Feb. 26, a man was accused of driving drunk in St. Charles during the accident that killed his uncle. The fatal crash took place at about 11:30 p.m. while the accused man was driving along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the exit ramp for Zumbehl. After crashing into the rear of a tractor-trailer, the man's vehicle became trapped beneath it.
If you have been charged with a third DWI in Missouri, you may know that third and subsequent drunk driving convictions are considered Class D felonies in the state, which carry a potential sentence of up to four years in the Department of Corrections. If you end up with a felony on your record, you could also face additional, collateral consequences that could extend far beyond the end of your sentence, such as problems finding jobs and housing.
An 18-year-old man in St. Louis was accused of fatally shooting a 19-year-old man after an apparent drug deal that went wrong. The accused teen is being held without bond for criminal charges that include first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault and two counts of robbery. He was also charged for attempted robbery and six counts of armed criminal action.
A Missouri woman will spend 120 days in the Greene County Jail followed by probation for her role in a 2012 accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old Fair Grove man. The woman, who is also 23 years of age, had previously entered a guilty plea to the criminal charge of involuntary manslaughter, and her defense attorneys say that the sentence is what they had requested. Prosecutors had been seeking a seven-year state prison sentence for the woman.