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Columbia car accident leaves two dead

One can never tell when their life is going to change forever, or when it might end. Even the most ordinary of days can end with a life altering event. This is what happened for two Missouri men. On July 14, a visit to a car auction turned out to be deadly for two men in Columbia. Their day trip ended when they were killed in a tragic car accident.

According to a police spokesperson, the two men were coming back from the car auction when the accident occurred. Both men were standing on the shoulder of the road, trying to fill a gas tank, when they were struck by an automobile. When rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they pronounced one of the men dead on site. The second man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The police indicated that there were statements made by the man who caused the deaths about the use of a cell phone before the car accident occurred. Police speculate that alcohol played a role. The officers did not know whether the driver of the vehicle was wearing his seatbelt at the time the accident happened. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter on two counts and is now at the jail in Boone County.

A motor vehicle accident always has some sort of immediate or long-term ramification. Sometimes the affects are physical; sometimes they are psychological. Sadly, either of those conditions can end up being permanent.

When an accident causes an injury or death, it may be beneficial for victims to seek legal representation from someone who understands the laws surrounding their specific situation.

Source: MISSOURIAN, "Accident kills two pedestrians on eastbound Interstate 70 shoulder," Olivia Frame, 15 July 2011

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