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Distracted driving may have led to deadly Missouri crash

When there is an accident, particularly one with injuries or a death involved, the state police may need to investigate all aspects of the crash to determine the cause and if any criminal charges may be warranted. The Missouri State Police recently investigated a car accident, and the driver has now been charged. It appears as if distracted driving may have played a role in the deadly car accident.

The accident occurred back in the summer, and charges are being filed. According to reports, the 23-year-old driver who has been charged told a state police trooper that he had been on his cell phone just before the crash. He reportedly said the call had ended and he looked up to see another vehicle. While he contends that he attempted to swerve to avoid the vehicle, he collided with the back of the vehicle in front of him.

The driver of the man hit died. The 23-year-old has been charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter. There were also witnesses who said the driver had been speeding at the time.

Distracted driving is a serious problem that has made the news in Missouri and all over the country lately. The ensuing accidents have led to a number of injuries and deaths. In this case, the second-degree involuntary manslaughter charges can lead to a number of severe criminal penalties. It is important for anyone who is involved in this type of crash to understand how statements made at the scene may be used against them, if the police determine criminal charges should be filed. It is also important for those arrested to understand how a defense attorney may be able to review such statements or evidence and present a way to challenge the validity of that evidence as a case progresses.

Source: kansascity.com, "Bolivar man charged with manslaughter in deadly car crash", Feb. 1, 2015

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