Man Charged With Manslaughter in Truck Driver's Death

A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper said Matthew Snyders was drunk Sept. 27 when he had an accident on I-44 and left his car; a truck driver swerved to avoid the car, overturning his truck.

A man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a drunk-driving accident on Interstate 44 near Eureka caused a truck driver to swerve and overturn.

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The truck driver, Joshua Sanders, 34, of Rolla, was killed while trying to avoid striking the car stopped on the roadway in dense fog, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol report.

Matthew Snyders, 44, of the 1400 block of South Elm Street in Webster Groves, was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter - driving while intoxicated.

A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper said Snyders hit a guardrail on westbound I-44 about a mile west of Six Flags about 4:55 a.m. Sept. 27. Snyders failed to maintain a single lane, according to the report. His car spun out and his 2007 Saturn Ion stopped on I-44 in dense fog, and Snyders got out of the car.

The truck then swerved to avoid Snyder’s car and overturned several times at about 5 a.m., according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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According to court documents, Snyder’s blood-alcohol content level was 0.167 percent after the crash, more than twice the legal limit. Later, his blood-alcohol content level measured at 0.184 percent.

Bail was set at $75,000 for Snyders.

For more crime information on Eureka-Wildwood Patch, see the following articles:

  • Eureka Man Arrested on Suspicion of DWI
  • DWI Arrest Near Six Flags Among Crimes


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