Charges refiled in deadly Interstate 70 crash

Georgia man accused of manslaughter.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Charges have been refiled against Georgia man accused of manslaughter in a fatal 2015 crash on Interstate 70.

Anthony West of Jonesboro, Georgia, is accused of ignoring warnings on westbound I-70 in Boone County on July 1, 2015, when he crashed his tractor-trailer into stalled traffic, killing 79-year-old Margaret Haile of Auxvasse. A single charge of second-degree involuntary manslaughter was filed against West on Thursday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol had put up signs warning about a crash farther west on the interstate, which snarled traffic that afternoon. The patrol claims West didn’t slow down when he passed those signs, eventually hitting Haile’s car and coming to a stop when he hit the back of another semi. The patrol in a probable cause statement said Haile was driving at 68 mph and only hit his brakes one second before impact.

West’s trial was delayed a day before it was set to take place in June 2017 after a judge excluded several pieces of evidence that prosecutors wanted to use against him. West had initially pleaded guilty, but his plea was thrown out after a judge said he made statements that conflicted with the official record of the event.

An initial arraignment in West’s new case is set for Dec. 27.


I-70 Semi-Truck chase has fiery conclusion

A 100-mile-long high-speed chase ended when a stolen SEMI was disabled and burst into flames on Interstate 70 in Missouri Saturday, Nov. 24.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the chase on eastbound I-70 reached speeds up to 73 mph. Along the way, the truck ran over several spike strips, became disabled and stopped just east of the 106.6-mile marker near Boonville, Missouri where it caught fire. The suspect fled on foot but was stopped by a barbed wire fence and apprehended by troopers.

The truck was believed to have been reported stolen through the Oak Grove Police Department.

The subject was not identified, and the investigation continues.

Here’s what it looked like from an MSHP helicopter:


November 27, 2018
EMPHASIS: Patrol Helicopter Assists In Apprehension Of Driver Involved In 100-mile Pursuit

At 8:48 p.m. on November 24, 2018, Troop A Communications overheard Kansas City Police Department radio traffic regarding the pursuit of a tractor-truck westbound on 31st Street from Arlington Avenue reference an aggravated assault involving a revolver. At 8:55 p.m., the suspect vehicle began traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 from Manchester Trafficway. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office became involved then requested the Highway Patrol take the lead after the vehicle entered Lafayette County. 

At 9:20 p.m., two troopers entered the pursuit. The suspect vehicle continued eastbound on I-70 at speeds up to 73 mph and struck spikes in multiple locations deployed by multiple agencies. Troop F Communications began coordinating radio traffic after the vehicle entered Cooper County. A patrol helicopter joined the pursuit and began following the suspect vehicle, allowing ground vehicles to back off. The suspect vehicle eventually became disabled and stopped just east of the 106.6-mile marker near Boonville, MO, where it caught fire and the driver fled on foot. Patrol aircraft then directed officers to the driver after he ran into a barbed wire fence and laid down north of I-70. At 10:36 p.m., troopers advised Troop F Communications the subject was in custody. The driver was relayed back to Jackson County and released into the custody of the Kansas City Police Department in connection to the aggravated assault investigation. 

Additionally, a baggie of methamphetamine was seized. The tractor-truck is believed to have been reported stolen through Oak Grove Police Department. The investigation continues.