Man charged in wreck that killed St. Louis alderman

Man charged in wreck that killed St. Louis alderman

Man charged in wreck that killed St. Louis alderman

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by Eric Lorenz / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 11:35 AM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man has been charged with two crimes after he allegedly caused a wreck that killed a St. Louis City alderman in St. Charles on Wednesday

Patrick Mullen, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. 

Police said Mullen was driving a pick-up truck on Highway 370 when he clipped a semi-truck.  Two other semi-trucks pulled over to assist after the accident.

St. Louis City Alderman Gregory Carter, 54, was driving his UPS truck and was unable to stop in time to avoid slamming into the other vehicles. 

Authorities said Carter died on impact. He worked at UPS for a day job and served four terms as the 27th Ward Alderman.

Mullen was initially arrested after the crash for suspicion of drunk driving.  He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries and was later released from custody.  Officials said he was likely released pending formal charges.  Authorities did not say if Mullen is in custody at this time.

In 2005, Mullen was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving and refused a breathalyzer test.  At that time, Mullen would have been under the age of 21. 

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