Bond reduced for driver who struck, killed one highway worker and injured three others

Bond reduced for driver who struck, killed one highway worker and injured three others

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 8:20 PM

I-64 East near Route 159

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Il (KMOV.com) – The bond was reduced Tuesday for the man accused of killing a highway worker on I-64 in Fairview Heights.

Michael Jeter, who struck four workers on the interstate, was trying to get his bond lowered from $750,000 bond to just $50,000.

The widow of the worker who was killed and three workers who were injured said they were worried the Jeter was charged with four counts of aggravated DUI. He was reportedly on a cocktail of prescription drugs, including Ambien and a muscle relaxer, and was so disoriented he slammed into four highway workers on the shoulder—killing Dennis Beard.

The judge decided to lower the bond to $300,000.

After the hearing, News 4 talked with Beard’s widow and the three workers who are still recovering from their injuries.

“My leg hasn’t started to heal yet,” said Brian Moore who was injured in the incident. “But they got me in water therapy it’s a slow process.”

As for Josie Beard, whose husband was killed, she says she can accept the reduction as it most likely still keeps Jeter behind bars.

“We’re happy,” she said. “If he can’t post that- and we’re pretty sure he can’t- we’re happy with that decision.”

It was estimated Jeter was driving as fast as 90 miles per hour before the accident, and never hit the brakes before striking the workers.

Dennis Beard leaves behind a wife and three children.

 

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