Missouri man charged in deadly drunken driving crash

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — Court documents say an eastern Missouri man with multiple drunk driving convictions had a blood alcohol content that was nearly three times the legal limit when he caused a deadly crash.

Thirty-three-year-old Richard Nicely, of Cedar Hill, is charged with second-degree murder and driving while intoxicated in the November crash that killed 88-year-old Paul Scaglione and injured Scaglione’s 87-year-old wife, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

He also was charged last month with fleeing the scene of a Jefferson County crash that happened just minutes before he crossed into incoming traffic and collided with Scaglione’s car.

Charges said that after the crashes, Nicely had a blood alcohol content of 0.23%, far exceeding the legal limit is .08%.

Nicely was on probation at the time for a 2019 felony DWI conviction, having been released from prison in July after serving 120 days. Court records show Nicely also has DWI and excessive blood-alcohol convictions in Jefferson County from 2017, 2013, 2007 and 2005.

If you or a loved one have suffered accident injuries in a car accident call Northland Injury Law at 816-400-4878to speak to a Missouri automobile accident lawyer today for help in recovering the compensation you need. An experienced personal injury attorney can ease some of the burden by engaging in fact-finding, gathering the necessary documentation, and crafting concise and thorough demands for settlement of your claim.

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