Jefferson County woman charged with manslaughter, DWI in fatal accident

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — A Barnhart, Missouri woman has been charged in connection with a fatal crash Friday that killed a motorcyclist in Jefferson County.

The accident happened around 7:15 p.m. Friday on West Outer Road, south of El Lago Drive.

Witnesses told Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy that a motorcycle was struck by a white vehicle that fled the scene.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol took over the investigation. The motorcyclist, identified as James Meyer Jr., was taken to a hospital but later died from his injuries. He was 54.


A witness followed the fleeing vehicle and reported its location to Jefferson County 911 dispatchers. Arnold police stopped the vehicle near JeffCo Boulevard and Tall Oaks Drive. Police met with driver Holly Smith, who was the only person in the vehicle.

DWI units arrived and conducted on-site sobriety tests. The sheriff’s office claims Smith failed those tests.

Smith was taken into custody and remains in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office without bail.

Meanwhile, MSHP investigators determined that both Meyer and Smith were heading north on the West Outer Road before the crash. At one point, Meyer began to slow and Smith crashed into the back of Meyer’s motorcycle.

Jefferson County prosecutors charged Smith, 50, with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene resulting in death and driving while intoxicated. Jefferson County woman charged with manslaughter, DWI in fatal accident

Nate Jones

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