When a truck driver, or any driver for that matter, is involved in a single-vehicle wreck and they have a passenger traveling with them, it is their responsibility to assess the scene and determine if anyone suffered injuries. In the event injuries were sustained, the driver must call 911 so that emergency medical personnel can be dispatched to the scene.
If a driver fails to contact the local authorities and remain at the scene of the truck accident until the police have arrived, they can could be faced with criminal and civil ramifications. If you were a passenger involved in a single-vehicle accident in St. Louis, MO or are the surviving family of a passenger who was killed in a truck crash, it’s time you contact a St. Louis, MO truck accident attorney to find out what your legal rights are.
Missouri Woman Drowns in Truck After the Driver Crashed into a Creek and Fled the Scene
KDSK reported on January 12, 2020, that a 20-year-old St. Louis, MO woman has died as a result of being left inside a truck that had crashed into a creek. The driver of the truck, who has been identified as Cole McCall, 21, is now facing criminal charges as a result of the wreck. The news source said that prior to the accident, McCall and his passenger, Jennelle Wulfmeier, met up with a man to buy a vehicle.
McCall was short $100 and the owner of the vehicle agreed to accept $50 along with some tools. The deal was made but when the man realized that McCall had provided him with fake money, he proceeded to follow him. When McCall realized he was being pursued, he began to speed in his Chevy Silverado truck. While the road McCall was traveling on was coming to an end, the 21-year-old continued driving.
Shortly after, the Silverado drove off the road, hit the levee, and went airborne. It then landed in a flooded creek, said the news source. The Missouri State Highway Patrol believes McCall got out of the vehicle as it began to sink but left his passenger inside. Wulfmeier “was left to drown.”
McCall ran away from the accident scene and stole a vehicle approximately four blocks away. He eventually crashed that vehicle in St. Charles, which is only 30 miles away from St. Louis. That is when police realized the vehicle he had been driving was stolen and took him into custody. McCall was later charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death and stealing a motor vehicle. He is being held in the Lincoln County jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
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