Alcohol Suspected in Columbia Fatality Crash
A Columbia man is facing charges of Negligent Manslaughter after being arrested for yesterday (Sunday) in connection to a fatal crash that happened over the weekend.
According to Columbia Police a vehicle driven by 28 year old William Lalka went airborne on Saturday night in the area of North Stadium Boulevard and Blackfoot Road.
The vehicle collided with several trees and a utility pole that killed passenger in the car 28 year old Andrew Helmriech of Columbia.
A second passenger in the car had non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the driver Lalka left the scene on foot and after an intense search he was taken into custody yesterday (Sunday).
Authorities believe alcohol to be a contributing factor in the crash.
Lalka is currently being detained in the Boone County Jail.