SCOTT CITY, Mo. – A 41-year-old Columbia man is charged with manslaughter after a passenger from Tennessee apparently jumped from his truck and died while the truck was going the wrong way on a southeast Missouri interstate.
Scott County prosecutors say Myron Lee Tillman was charged Wednesday with first-degree manslaughter. He faces five other counts after he allegedly drove the wrong way for several miles Aug. 29 on Interstate 55. Law enforcement officers found the body of 42-year-old Claude Nix Jr., of Jackson, Tennessee, on the interstate near Scott City.
The Southeast Missourian reports a probable cause statement says Nix apparently jumped from Tillman’s truck to avoid an impending crash. A coroner says Nix had a broken neck and skull fractures.
Tillman eventually crashed his truck and fled. He was arrested Aug. 30.
Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com