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Driver in fatal Providence Road accident arrested

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 3:59 p.m. CST; updated 5:28 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 11, 2012

COLUMBIA — A man who was involved in the fatal Providence Road car accident Dec. 6 was arrested Tuesday morning.

Spencer M. Gordon was arrested on suspicion of one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The accident seriously injured the driver and one passenger of a pickup truck that Gordon's Volkswagen Beetle struck. Gordon's blood alcohol content was over the legal limit of .08 at the time of the accident, according to the news release.

Michelle Morrow, the seriously injured passenger, died Dec. 7.

The charge for involuntary manslaughter is related to Morrow's death. The two second-degree assault charges are related to the injuries the driver and the other passenger suffered.

As of Tuesday morning, the pickup truck driver, Michael Tufts, remained in critical condition at University Hospital, the hospital's spokesman said. The second passenger of the pickup, John Kalogeris, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Gordon's bond for the involuntary manslaughter charge is set at $200,000, cash only, according to Missouri Case.net. His bond for the two second-degree assault charges is $9,000.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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