Police said the teen who died Saturday night while attempting to cross Interstate 70 was leaving the scene of a burglary.
Abraham M. Schulz, 18, died when he was struck by a vehicle on I-70 near the Providence Road exit. The driver told police he swerved to miss Jason T. Funk, 20, but did not see Schulz. Schulz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police had been looking for Funk, who left the accident before being identified, to answer questions about why the two men were crossing I-70.
According to Columbia Police Officer Scott Sergent, Funk came into the police department Monday night and told them he did not know his friend had been hit on the highway.
Funk was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary after he implicated himself and Schulz in the crime during an investigation of the accident. He was released from Boone County jail on $5,000 bond.
Police responded to a report of second-degree burglary at 2:11 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Texas Avenue West, which is near the stretch of I-70 where the accident occurred. The report said the suspects broke into an apartment and stole a guitar.
Sergent said he thinks the two disposed of the guitar before trying to cross I-70.
— Meghan Maskery