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Motorcyclist Sentenced in Fatal 2009 Accident in St. Louis Area

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An Illinois man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for reckless homicide related to an October 2009 accident involving a pair of motorcycles and a pickup truck in the eastern suburbs of St. Louis. Both members of a couple were killed and two of their friends, including the defendant, were injured in the accident. The deceased man and woman were both residents of Missouri and had attended high school together.

The four riders, which included a 42-year-old O’Fallon, Missouri man and his girlfriend, a 41-year-old St. Charles woman, were on a pair of motorcycles headed south on a state highway near Highland, Illinois around 7 p.m. The man was carrying a 21-year-old Highland woman as a passenger, and his girlfriend was the passenger on the other bike.

Ahead of them, a pickup truck was waiting to turn left. The motorcycles attempted to pass the truck but collided with it as it turned.

The O’Fallon man and St. Charles woman were both fatally injured. The younger woman and the other rider, a 32-year-old man, were each taken to separate hospitals.

The younger rider was later charged with aggravated DUI in connection with the accident. He pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in April in exchange for prosecutors dropping the higher charge. At his recent sentencing hearing, the judge sentenced the defendant to 60 days in jail and two years’ probation.

It is unclear how long the victim had been dating before the accident, but an acquaintance described them at the time as a “great match.”

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Law and Order,” Nov. 16, 2011

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