Prosecutors seek murder charge against man involved in fatal crash near Advance
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Prosecutors have applied for a second-degree murder charge and an arrest warrant for a Marble Hill, Mo., man who was driving a vehicle involved in a fatal crash earlier this month.
Prosecutors filed the warrant Thursday for Donald R. Smith, 35, according to online court records, a week after a fatal May 3 crash in Stoddard County.
Shortly before midnight May 3, Smith was driving a 1999 Mercury eastbound on Route O, about three miles east of Advance, Mo., when the vehicle left the road, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report. The car overturned, ejecting Smith and his passenger, Amanda D. Allenbaugh, 28, of De Soto, Mo., investigators said.
Allenbaugh died at the scene. An ambulance transported Smith to Saint Francis Medical Center with serious injuries, troopers said. A call to Saint Francis to check on Smith's condition wasn't immediately returned Tuesday.
Authorities had not served the warrant on Smith by Tuesday.
In addition to the murder charge, prosecutors applied for a felony charge of resisting arrest by fleeing, creating a substantial risk of serious injury, online court records show.
In Missouri, if a person kills another while committing a felony, they could face a second-degree murder charge.
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver said he was unable to comment on the ongoing case and that the county couldn't yet release any documents or details regarding the case.
Highway patrol officials said it generally takes six to eight weeks to complete investigations of fatal crashes.
Route O, Advance, MO