Police: Missouri teen smoked synthetic drugs before death

Police: Missouri teen smoked synthetic drugs before death

Police: Missouri teen smoked synthetic drugs before death

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police believe a 19-year-old Springfield man was under the influence of a synthetic drug when he lay down in the middle of a highway and was fatally struck by a passing car.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Joshua Tucker died just before 1 a.m. May 16 after being run over on U.S. 65. Police say he and two other men had smoked a “joint” believed to have been laced with chemicals.

A 22-year-old woman who ran over Tucker tested negative for drugs and alcohol. So did Tucker, which made investigators believe he had smoked synthetic drugs that are manufactured to avoid detection.

A friend who was with Tucker that night told police Tucker started acting strangely after smoking the substance and ran off around midnight.

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