Michelle Adams, 25, of Arnold has been charged with a felony for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal traffic accident last week in south St. Louis County. A St. Louis man riding a motorcycle was killed in the wreck, authorities reported.
On Wednesday (June 2), the St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Adams with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death, a class D felony punishable by seven years in prison.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Adams was arrested Wednesday, and St. Louis County Jail records showed she was in custody as of this afternoon (June 3).
No lawyer was listed in court records for Adams, who was being held today on a $75,000 cash-only bond, court documents said.
At about 7:30 p.m. May 26, Adams allegedly was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla south on I-55 between Butler Hill and Meramec Bottom roads at a high rate of speed and while changing lanes, struck a 2005 Honda VT750 motorcycle, the Highway Patrol reported.
After the collision, Gary E. Turner, 57, of St. Louis, who was riding the motorcycle, was thrown off the bike and then struck by the Accord, and then Adams allegedly fled the area, the report said.
Turner was pronounced dead at 8:07 p.m. May 26, the report said.
He was not wearing a helmet, the patrol reported.
A side-view mirror was found at the scene, and troopers were able to connect it to the car Adams was driving, the probable-cause statement in the case said.
A patrol spokesman said authorities initially thought the mirror was from a Honda Accord, but it was later determined to have come off the Corolla Adams had been driving.
Witnesses told troopers the car that struck the motorcycle appeared to be traveling at more than 90 mph. The collision was captured on surveillance video, which showed the car striking the motorcycle and then the rider and then driving away, the report said.
Adams also allegedly told “multiple witnesses” that she hit Turner and fled to avoid being arrested, according to the report.
The probable-cause statement said Adams previously had been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, and she previously had been convicted of driving while intoxicated and has “close family ties to Kentucky.”