March 12, 2009

Manslaughter Charges Filed On Driver in Fatal Traffic Crash

An Arbela teenager is facing involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from a November 2008 traffic accident that took the lives of a father and son from Keosauqua, IA.

Norman H. Zimmerman, 19, was charged with two counts of class C felony involuntary manslaughter, one count of class C misdemeanor of failing to obey a traffic control device and one count of class C misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle for which financial responsibility was not maintained.

The charges were filed last week in the Scotland County Circuit Court following the completion of an investigation of the November 1 accident that occurred at the intersection of Route A and Highway 136, one mile south of Arbela.

A search warrant served by the Scotland County Sheriffís Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol a week after the crash recovered the system diagnostic module from the 2005 Chevrolet 2500 pickup Zimmerman was driving at the time of the crash. The module revealed that the vehicle was traveling 67 mph one second prior to the crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report, Zimmermanís truck was northbound on Route A and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 136. His truck was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 2005 Honda driven by Marvin O. Boyer, 77, of Carthage, IL.

A 2000 Chevrolet S-10 driven by Richard D. Kriess, 44, of Keosauqua, IA, was southbound on Route H and had stopped at the stop sign at the US 136 intersection.

The impact of the initial collision forced the Zimmerman vehicle into the Kreiss vehicle.

Richard Kreiss, and a passenger in the vehicle, his father, Arlo R. Kreiss, 67, of Keosauqua, were killed in the accident.

The accident was initially blamed on foggy conditions that had blanketed the county early that Saturday morning.

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