St. Louis man sentenced to 11 years in prison for traffic accident that killed Maryville, Illinois man

MLK bridge.jpgChivas Day, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in the St. Louis area traffic accident that killed Matthew Cole, 23, of Maryville, Illinois. Matthew Cole was driving home from work on the Martin Luther King Bridge when Chivas Day, who was driving under the influence of ecstasy and marijuana, crossed the center line and hit Cole’s car head-on. Chivas Day was driving over 100 miles per hour, and the police reported that the gas pedal was fully compressed at the time the accident occurred.

Chivas Day also suffered severe personal injuries because of the automobile accident, including a broken leg, arm, neck, and ankle, and had severe head injuries. Urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and ecstasy, but blood tests taken at the hospital did not show the presence of any drugs or alcohol in Day’s system. Either way, Day was driving at speeds well over the speed limit when he hit Cole’s car. Further, Day was driving with a revoked licensed at the time of the car crash.