Man Arrested on Suspicion of DWI in Fatal Boonville Crash

A Boonville man is facing several charges after being arrested on suspicion of DWI following a deadly crash on Highway 5 in Cooper County last night (Monday).

According to the Highway Patrol it happened just after 9pm when 46 year old Richard Nichols of Boonville crossed into the southbound lanes of Highway 5 and hit another car head-on about a quarter-mile south of Smith Street.

29 year old Scott Ryan of Boonville died at the scene.

Nichols was released from custody and taken to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries.