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Man indicted in Columbia crash that killed scientist

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Charges have been upgraded against a Missouri man accused of drunken driving in a hit-and-run crash that killed a scientist as he walked near his workplace.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Ralph Ringer Jr., of Fulton, was indicted Friday on charges of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident. Ringer was being held Tuesday in Boone County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.

He initially was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the July crash that killed 36-year-old Kiran Lamichhane as he walked near ABC Laboratories, off Interstate 70 east of Columbia.

Ringer had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.131 at the scene. The legal limit is 0.08.
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Information from: Columbia Missourian