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Driver charged in fatal crash

Sunday, March 27, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:32 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

A 33-year-old Columbia man was arrested last week on charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter after the death of a passenger in his car.

Lance B. Morris was arrested on March 22, five days after a one-car crash on Creasy Springs Road.

According to Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigators, Morris was driving eastbound in the 5100 block of Creasy Springs Road when his car hit a tree head on at 60 mph.

Morris was ejected 10 feet from the car, while his passenger, Michael Chick of Columbia, was found unconscious in the front seat, said Boone Deputy Scott Ewing.

Both men were transported to University Hospital for treatment. Nearly one hour after the crash, Chick, 35, was pronounced dead in the hospital’s emergency room.

There was no evidence of drinking or drug use, although deputies found pipes used to smoke marijuana and crack cocaine as well as a scale in a backpack on the car’s back seat, Ewing said.

“Morris was driving in a negligent manner. He was going approximately 25 miles over the speed limit and could not negotiate the curve. That is why we arrested him,” Ewing said.

Morris was taken to the Boone County Jail where he was given a $15,000 bond. As of Saturday afternoon, he had not posted bond.


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