Deadly accident kills 1 in St. Charles County, suspect under arrest

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – A deadly accident in St. Charles County has taken the life of a driver.  The accident happened Saturday evening around 4:30 pm at Highway 94 and Cedar Glen Drive.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic fatality with its accident reconstruction unit.

The scene was closed for several hours as investigators are reconstructing the accident.

The Highway Patrol and the St. Charles County Police Department said officers for county made a traffic stop of a vehicle in the area of Highway 94 and Independence Road for a traffic violation.  The driver Aron J. Richardson, 36, sped off traveling westbound on 94 and failed to yield to another vehicle turning left onto Highway 94 crashing into the driver's side of the car.

The driver of the vehicle struck, 21-year-old Krystofer M. Batsell, of St. Charles later died at the hospital.

A second occupant in the suspect's vehicle, 30-year-old Erika N. Ward suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Richardson was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  He was later taken into custody.

A spokesperson for the St. Charles County Police Department tells Fox 2 that the department is conducting an investigation into the events that led up to the traffic stop and the subsequent events.


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