User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
TV Banner
News : Hazelwood Man Charged With Manslaughter In Road-Rage Crash
Posted by Randy on 2014/4/28 4:26:39 (282 reads) News by the same author

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The chase started with put-downs, pocket change and a stick of deodorant. Derek Cliffe was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart with a friend early the morning of Feb. 19. Kirk Mueller was driving a Ford F350 with two friends. Insults were exchanged at a stoplight in St. Charles after they left a bar on Main Street.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Someone in Mueller’s truck lobbed a handful of coins at Cliffe’s car; Cliffe’s friend threw back the deodorant.

The chase was on.

Mueller followed Cliffe onto Interstate 70 from St. Charles into Maryland Heights, police say. Cliffe thought he had eluded the pickup after turning south on Maryland Heights Expressway (Highway 141) near Riverport Drive. He made a sudden U-turn about 1 a.m., not realizing the pickup was not far behind. Maryland Heights Police Chief Bill Carson said Mueller’s truck veered to the left, crossed the center line of the expressway and broadsided Cliffe’s car in the northbound lanes. Skid marks suggest Mueller may have tried to avoid the crash. Cliffe, 26, of St. Peters, died about 3:20 a.m. at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton. His passenger was not seriously hurt. Mueller and his passengers were uninjured.

Mueller’s blood alcohol level was at least 0.152 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, officials said. When his truck struck Cliffe’s car, Mueller was driving at least 73 mph in a 45 mph zone.

On Friday, prosecutors charged Mueller, 23, of the 1700 block of Teson Road in Hazelwood, with involuntary manslaughter, a felony. The charge accuses him of recklessly causing the death by chasing Cliffe’s vehicle while intoxicated, speeding and following too closely.

His bail was set at $50,000. He also was ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring device.

Mueller could not be reached for comment.

Cliffe was sober that night, police said. His parents, Marty and Sue Cliffe of Destin, Fla., said their son had given up drinking as part of a healthier lifestyle.

“In my opinion, Derek is the only one who did anything right that night,” Marty Cliffe said. “And he’s the one who’s dead.”

Derek Cliffe grew up in south St. Louis County and graduated from Mehlville Senior High School, where he played football, and from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He worked several jobs, including as manager at an AutoZone and a Blockbuster, and waiting tables at a Bob Evans. He also interned at ESPN Radio St. Louis (101.1 FM).

He had been engaged to be married last May but his fiancée called it off a few weeks before the wedding, his parents said. Then he found several new friends he called “The Wolfpack,” because they had become so close and looked after each other.

“He had finally overcome the sadness of not getting married and found these friends who changed his life,” his mother said. “Meeting these young men, it was the happiest time of his life. They called him ‘Dad’ because he was the most mature and the most responsible. He was the single guy who had his own condo.”

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/9/1 13:43:31 - KC Royals Announce Flurry Of September Call-Ups
2014/8/30 0:20:00 - Lexington Runs Over Trenton, 34-6
2014/8/29 16:07:54 - "Kaleidoscope Run" To Start Homecoming Week At THS
2014/8/29 15:51:13 - Trenton, In Return To Class 2, To Host District 16 Softball Tournament
2014/8/29 15:36:48 - Trenton Golfers Take Fifth Place At Lafayette Tournament
2014/8/29 15:32:52 - Drive One For Your School Event To Raise Money For Three Area School Districts
2014/8/29 15:27:34 - Princeton Chamber To Meet Concerning Cow Palace Repairs
2014/8/29 15:23:47 - NFL Suspends Former Mizzou Standout Aldon Smith For Nine Games
2014/8/29 15:21:23 - KC Chiefs Lose Preseason Finale, 34-14 At Green Bay
2014/8/29 15:00:00 - KC Royals Claim Veteran Jayson Nix Off Waivers
2014/8/29 10:05:43 - Lawson Softball Tips Chillicothe, 3-2
2014/8/29 9:51:45 - Truman State Hoops Coach Leaves For Pro Job
2014/8/29 9:50:00 - CHS Lady Hornet Volleyball Opens Season With Sweep Of Trenton
2014/8/29 9:40:04 - Softball Scoreboard : Gallatin Tips Milan 2-1
2014/8/29 9:22:50 - Savannah Tennis Beats Trenton, 8-1
2014/8/29 7:28:34 - Amber And Jim Shippen Latest Contributors To WMH Foundation
2014/8/29 6:20:30 - Hamilton Resident Life Flighted After Accident South Of Cameron
2014/8/29 5:21:37 - Trenton Downtown Improvement Association Approves Loans For Building Projects
2014/8/29 4:35:36 - Crews In Hazmat Suits Search Springfield Home For Ricin
2014/8/29 4:27:55 - Suspect In 6-Year-Old's Death Charged With First-Degree Murder
2014/8/29 4:23:52 - Missouri Unveils Aid Effort To Ferguson Businesses
2014/8/29 4:19:11 - Cat-Astrophic Revelation Purr-Turbs Hello Kitty Fans
2014/8/29 4:15:39 - 4-Year-Old Expelled Over His Mother's Facebook Post
2014/8/29 4:10:25 - Date Set For Local Recount On "Right To Farm" Issue
2014/8/29 4:03:50 - One Injury In Accident West Of Trenton
2014/8/28 15:01:25 - KC Royals Turning Back Clock To 1974
2014/8/28 14:50:00 - Milan Coaches Shows For Thursday, 8/28/14
2014/8/28 12:50:00 - Chillicothe Hornets Have Dominant Tennis, Golf Performances
2014/8/28 12:32:42 - KC Royals Urge Fans To "Wear Blue" For Rare Sunday Night Game
2014/8/28 12:27:24 - KC Royals Place Top Prospect Starling In Arizona Fall League



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM