ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A woman died after a vehicle crashed into the building where she was working Sunday night. Now an investigation is underway.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Marissa Politte an X-ray technician was walking out of work at the Total Access Urgent in Ballwin just after 8:00 p.m. when a Honda Pilot driven by 20-year-old Trenton Gieger lost control. He was allegedly under the influence of drugs.
Authorities say Gieger was traveling northbound on Clarkson Road when for unknown reasons crossed into the southbound lanes hitting a tree, before striking Politte who was standing outside of the building at the time. She was taken to hospital where she later died.
The Total Access Urgent Care family issued a statement on their loss saying, “one of our healthcare heroes was exiting our Ballwin location and was struck by a vehicle, suffering catastrophic injuries. Marissa Politte who joined our team in 2018, has been consistently dedicated, universally compassionate, and kind to everyone lucky enough to meet her.”
Gieger was taken into custody at the scene. Ballwin Police Officer said Gieger has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and inhalants.
The investigation is ongoing.