A single-vehicle suspected drunk driving crash in Maries County early Saturday morning left one passenger dead, another injured, and the driver charged with several drunk driving-related offenses.
Police have released a probable cause statement regarding the crash. According to this statement, Austin Bradley Edwards was driving a 2003 Ford Mustang northbound on Highway E at around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday when the vehicle crossed the center line and skidded south of County Road 538 before leaving the right side of the roadway. The vehicle then went airborne and crashed into multiple trees before it overturned and came to a stop upside down.
25-year-old passenger Brennan K. Kristek of Waynesville was pronounced dead at the scene. A 22-year-old female passenger, whose name has not been released, suffered a serious leg injury and was transported to the University of Columbia Hospital via air ambulance.
Police found Edwards sitting on the porch of a residence near the scene of the crash. He was given a breathalyzer which showed a blood-alcohol content reading of .100%. Edwards has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated (resulting in the death of another), felony driving while intoxicated (resulting in a serious physical injury), and operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner resulting in a crash.
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