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Father accused of being under influence of drugs after son, 3, killed in crash

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James Luksza, 32, was allegedly under the influence of drugs when his car crashed.  His 3-year-old son Chasen was killed. Another son was injured. Credit:  St. Francois County Sheriff James Luksza, 32, was allegedly under the influence of drugs when his car crashed. His 3-year-old son Chasen was killed. Another son was injured. Credit: St. Francois County Sheriff
Chasen, 3, was killed in fatal crash involving father and James, 5, was seriously injured. (Credit Luksza family) Chasen, 3, was killed in fatal crash involving father and James, 5, was seriously injured. (Credit Luksza family)
The scene of the fatal accident where a father is accused of driving under the influence. (Credit:KMOV) The scene of the fatal accident where a father is accused of driving under the influence. (Credit:KMOV)
A father is accused of driving under the influence of drugs after his car crashed, killing his 3-year-old son. (Credit: KMOV) A father is accused of driving under the influence of drugs after his car crashed, killing his 3-year-old son. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A father is accused of driving under the influence of drugs after his car crashed, killing his 3-year-old son.

Missouri Highway Patrol Corporal Juston Wheetley told News 4, "During the investigation our officers on scene determined that the father appeared to be impaired or intoxicated."

James A. Luksza, 32, was driving northbound on US 67 near Missouri Route 147 when his 2002 Honda Accord left the roadway and struck a tree around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the crash report.

Wheetley said marijuana and methamphetamine were found in the car. He also said Luksza's two sons were either not wearing seat belts or were not properly restrained.

Luksza’s son Chasen was pronounced dead at the Parkland Health Center following the crash. The driver and his 5-year-old son were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

A former neighbor of Luksza said she was said to hear about Chasen's death. 

"I think that's very tragic, that's very tragic that little boy's life was taken," said Kathy Nicholson.

Investigators are asking the St. Francois County Prosecutor's office to charge Luksza with driving while intoxicated, involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, involuntary manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana under 35 grams.  

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