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Missouri man charged with manslaughter deadly crash

Missouri man charged with manslaughter deadly crash

November 18th, 2017 in Local News

MOBERLY (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with causing a crash that killed a 75-year-old woman.

The Moberly Monitor-Index reports a warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of 32-year old James Hartung, of Macon. He’s charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the Nov. 9 death of Marlene Mathis, of Cairo.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Hartung was driving at a speed of 89 mph and didn’t hit the brakes before his pickup truck rear-ended Mathis’ sports utility vehicle. The crash happened as Mathis slowed to turn off U.S. 63 onto a Randolph County road.

Troopers say Hartung was following too closely and wasn’t paying attention. A witness reported Hartung was aggressively weaving in and out of traffic and passed him at a high rate of speed beforehand.