Country Crash Leads to Fatalities for Missouri Residents

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I-70 auto collision leads to two fatalities and a man taken into custody on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

On July 14, 2011 at approximately 8 p.m, Edward Taggart 72, of Prairie Home, Missouri, and Gilbert Love, 73 of Auxvasse, Missouri, pulled over onto the shoulder of eastbound Interstate 70 near the 129.9 mile marker. Taggart and Gilbert were on the job, both men coworkers for a car auction service delivering vehicles, when they were notified that one of the two vans they were traveling in was out of gas.

Taggart and Gilbert exited their vehicles and began attempting to put gas in one of the vans. Meanwhile, driver Earl Hutcherson, 60 year old of 261 N. Rainbow Drive, operating a Toyota 4-Runner sport- utility vehicle, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 as well. Hutcherson negligently collided with the two vans on the side of the road and the two pedestrians Taggart and Love. Love was at the scene of the crash. Taggart was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

Hutcherson made statements to the police that night raising suspicion to the causes of this crash. Hutcherson spoke of cell phone use before the collision and stated alcohol might have been a factor. Consequently, Hutcherson was arrested and taken to Boone County Jail where bail has yet to be set for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. In August 1985, Hutcherson pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge
Love and Taggart were described as good friends at the time of the accident. Taggart worked for much of his life as a career salesman and leaves behind a wife, two children, and two grandchildren. Love worked for much of his life in Mexico, Missouri as a diesel mechanic and beacon to his church. Love is survived by his wife, three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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