A preliminary hearing for the man charged in an August wreck that killed one man and left another in serious condition has been set for Oct. 14.
David Hayes, 21, of St. Louis will face charges of involuntary manslaughter and assualt, both felonies.
The charges stem from an accident that took place Aug. 21, when Hayes, who was traveling south on U.S. 63 near Gans Creek, ran into the back of an SUV. The impact caused the vehicle to swerve into the median and flip several times before coming to stop in the northbound lane of the highway.
The passengers in the SUV were Bobby Lammers, 66, and his son Wesley Lammers, 36, both of Hartsburg. The Lammers were taken to University Hospital where Wesley Lammers was pronounced dead. Bobby Lammers remains in serious condition.
According to the police report, Hayes, who was unharmed in the crash, told police he drank about six beers at a friend’s house that evening. The police report said that Hayes’ speech was slurred and that he appeared impaired during a field sobriety test.
Hayes was arrested and taken to the Columbia Police Department where he refused to take a chemical breath test.
He was released the next day after posting $25,000 bond.
On Aug. 24, Bobby and Marcia Lammers filed a civil suit against David Hayes and his father Daniel. The suit includes a claim of wrongful death, and claims relating to pain and suffering to Bobby Lammers and to Marcia Lammers’ loss of her husband’s companionship. Marcia Lammers and her attorney, Jeffrey Kays, declined to comment on the suit.