CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 21-year-old St. Louis County woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly driving drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed her boyfriend.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rachel Collier of Overland is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
The accident on April 28 killed 26-year-old Desmond Edwards. Police say the couple had been drinking and arguing inside the car. Court documents indicate that when Edwards got out, Collier moved to the driver's seat, started the car and began driving.
She told police that she was going too fast and didn't see Edwards when she hit him.
Collier is jailed on $75,000 bond.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily has turned himself in on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.
In a 3 1/2-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admits that he killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani, of Gahanna, on June 22. He says in the video that he will plead guilty and take full responsibility.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the 22-year-old Powell man faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
Cordle surrendered at Franklin County Jail on Monday and has an arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.
Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
A St. Louis Ram is back in the news for his off-field actions.
Defensive end Robert Quinn has fulfilled the obligations set forth after being convicted for drunk driving. Quinn had to attend classes and programs to prevent a future DWI. Quinn pleaded guilty to Driving While Under the Influence after being arrested following an accident on the exit ramp of eastbound I-270 and Washington/Elizabeth.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has plans to crackdown on drunk drivers this month.
The department issued a statement saying they will up DWI checkpoints through St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson counties. The Highway Patrol says those counties have a high number of drunk-driver accidents.
According to officials, intoxicated drivers are involved in over a quarter of all fatal crashes in the state.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man pleaded guilty during his trial on charges that he drunkenly caused a 2010 two-vehicle wreck that killed the other driver.
Thirty-six-year-old James Griesbaum of Aviston pleaded guilty to two felony DUI-related counts.
A spokeswoman for the Madison County State's Attorney's Office tells the Belleville News-Democrat that Griesbaum will be sentenced to simultaneous prison terms of three years and six months in prison on each count.
Authorities contend that Griesbaum was drunk in February 2010 in Madison County when his pickup truck collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Barbara Green of Trenton. She died.
Griesbaum's trial began Tuesday with jury selection and was to have gone to the jury for deliberation as early as Friday.
Griesbaum's sentencing date was not immediately set.
An Arnold grandmother is headed to prison for being drunk when she caused an accident that killed her granddaughter.
Theresa Fortner will spend 12 and-a-half years in prison. Fortner was driving her 20-month-old granddaughter on Interstate 55 when she crashed into a street sign, a house, a tree and a fence. The car's black box showed she was traveling nearly 70 miles an hour and never applied the brakes before the accident.
Fortner's blood alcohol content was almost triple the legal limit.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The mother of a metro-east teenager killed a car crash is free on bond after being accused of giving her son beer and whiskey before the accident.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 39 year old Ginger Zehner-Denton of Mascoutah surrendered this week on a charge filed earlier this month that accuses her of unlawful delivery of alcohol.
Her 18 year old son, Stephen Zehner, died in a Jan. 26 crash. He was a senior at Belleville West High School.
A 16 year old passenger in the car he was driving was seriously injured and hospitalized for three months.
Zehner-Denton's attorney says he's not commenting publicly about the case.
The felony is punishable by up to three years in prison.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Emily Hagan of Kirkwood will be eligible for parole after serving about one year in prison.
Authorities say Hagan's blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit when she rear-ended and killed Samuel Scott last year in University City. The 19-year-old was riding his bike home from the pizza shop where he worked as a cook.
Hagan was charged with first-degree manslaughter. In a plea deal reached Friday, a judge reduced the manslaughter charge from a Class B to a Class C felony.
District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons said Sunday that the Nighttime Enforcement Patrols are aimed at getting unsafe drivers off the road. Parsons says alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, so patrols will especially watch for impaired drivers.
The month-long traffic safety project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.