A man who said he ran a stop sign while his phone was ringing was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter for the death of a woman whose car collided with his tractor trailer.
Phillip E. Nordmeyer, 29, of Glasgow, Mo., was charged in Jackson County in the death of 29-year-old Amanda H. Heath-Claxon of Oak Grove. The incident occurred Dec. 1 at Missouri routes H and FF. According to court records, Nordmeyer told a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper his phone was ringing and he ran a stop sign. He said he never saw the passenger car but when he felt the impact of the collision he stopped and saw it underneath the trailer.
A civil wrongful-death lawsuit also is pending against Nordmeyer and his employer.
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