A fatality in a June 13 accident in Mexico has led to involuntary manslaughter charges being filed on a 20-year-old driver.
Jesse R. Smith has been charged with involuntary manslaughter (vehicular, intoxicated), driving with a revoked/suspended license, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, failure to wear a seat belt, displaying someone else’s vehicle plates, and failure to provide proof of insurance.
A $25,000 bond has been set.
The accident occurred at 4:25 a.m. on Audrain County Road 355, just north of Missouri 15.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Report, Smith drove his 2007 Chevrolet off the right side of the roadway, struck the ground, overturned, and slid into a tree. Smith was life flighted to University Hospital in Columbia. Smith was not wearing a safety device.
His passenger Michael S. Cunnigham, age 18, of Mexico, was not wearing a safety device and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a probable cause statement, the vehicle was traveling 89 m.p.h. five seconds prior to the impact with the tree.
An officer at the scene smelled alcohol on Smith, who was arrested.