Driver facing charges in 3-car crash

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:19 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Columbia man was in critical condition Monday and another man faced multiple charges in connection with a three-car crash Sunday evening at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street.

Columbia police said Bobby Eugene Garrett Jr., 36, was driving north on Stadium when he ran a light at Worley and struck a car headed east driven by Jill Walters, 27, of Columbia.

Garrett’s car went off the west side of Stadium and overturned, landing upright in the grass near the parking lot of Great Wall Chinese Buffet, according to a Columbia police news release.

Neither Garrett nor the passenger in his car, Joey McCutchen, 35, of Columbia, was wearing a seat belt. Both were thrown from the car and injured. McCutchen was listed in critical condition Monday at University Hospital.

Walters’ car collided with another car at the intersection. Walters wasn’t injured, but her passenger, Sharon Leake, 24, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital with injuries that police described as “non-life-threatening.”

Police said charges pending against Garrett included first-degree tampering, second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated third offense, driving while revoked, and felony involving the use of a motor vehicle. According to police, Garrett is also a suspect in connection with the theft of a car in late December last year.

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