Update: Friday, July 15th at 4:31 p.m.:
2 men are dead and 1 man is arrested after an accident on Interstate 70 in Columbia.
The accident happened Thursday at 8 p.m. when a man driving an SUV crashed into 2 men standing on the shoulder of the highway.
Edward Taggart, 72, of Prairie Home and Gilbert Love, 73, of Auxvasse were killed when they were hit by an SUV driven by Earl Hutcherson, 60, of Columbia. Taggart and Love were traveling together in separate vehicles in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 between the Highway 63 and Lake of the Woods exits. One of their vehicles ran out of gas. As they were standing on the shoulder of the highway using a gas can, Hutcherson struck both of their vehicles and both men. Love died at the scene. Taggart later died at a Columbia hospital.
Hutcherson told police that he was using his cell phone just before the accident happened. Officers at the scene said they could smell alcohol on Hutcherson TMs breath. Hutcherson faces 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter. His arrest also includes a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Columbia Police Officer Latisha Stroer said, I know that they went through field sobriety at the scene. They do not have the results back on the alcohol, the results from the test.
Hutcherson pled guilty to a DWI charge in 1985.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Members of the Columbia Police Traffic Unit are still taking measurements at the accident scene.
Hutcherson was sent to the Boone County Jail with an undetermined bond amount.
Update: Friday, July 15th at 8:50 a.m.: The names of the two pedestrians hit and killed along I-70 Thursday night have now been released, while the driver that hit them is facing charges.Columbia Police said 72-year-old Edward Taggart of Prairie Home and 73-year-old Gilbert Love of Auxvasse were killed when they were hit by an SUV just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday.Police said the accident happened as Earl Hutcherson of Columbia was driving east on I-70 near the 130 mile maker. The pedestrians were pulled off the interstate attempting to put gas in their vehicle. Police said another vehicle was also stopped on the shoulder. Police said 60-year-old Hutcherson veered onto the shoulder. He struck both vehicles and two pedestrians.Love died at the scene of the accident, Taggart later died at the hospital.Police said Hutcherson was using a cell phone before the crash. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but the investigation continues. Hutcherson has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Two pedestrians who were putting gas into a vehicle on Interstate 70 near Columbia were killed when they were struck by a car.Columbia police say in a news release that the accident happened Thursday evening on the eastbound shoulder of the interstate.Police say the drivers of two vans had stopped on the shoulder to put gas in one of the vans when they were hit by an SUV. One of the pedestrians died at the scene and the other died later at a hospital.No names were released and the investigation is continuing.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)