Deadly crash leads to involuntary manslaugther charge against Glasgow man

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. -- A Glasgow, Mo., man is charged in Jackson County for his role in a deadly accident that happened three months ago. Phillip Nordmeyer faces a count of involuntary manslaughter.

It was December 1, 2014 at about 11:15 in the morning. Court records say Nordmeyer ran a stop sign and collided with a car driven by Amanda Claxon. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Laurie Hontz has gotten used to seeing emergency vehicles in front of her home.

"I saw the firetrucks and all the police officers, must have been seven highway patrol and sheriffs," explained Hontz.

In all of 2014, four crashes led to seven people being injured and one killed near her intersection; each time it was a concern to Hontz, but the December 1 accident really scared her.

"All three of my kids drive little bitty black cars, I was petrified when I pulled up, petrified you couldn't tell what it was," she recalled.

The damage to the car driven by Claxon was so severe, it was difficult for anyone to figure out the make and model. She was hit by a semi. Hontz said it was a flatbed carrying steel.

Court records say the Nordmeyer was the driver and told a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper what happened. He said he was south on H Highway, his phone was ringing and he ran the stop sign at FF Highway.

The trooper typed out the statement and then had Nordmeyer read it to make sure it was correct. According to the probable case affidavit, it was.

Court records also revealed Nordmeyer had three cell phones. Investigators got warrants for two of them, one found on the ground at the scene, another in his cab. Data pulled from them showed neither had been used at the time of the crash.
The third, according to court records, was never able to be checked by investigators.

Three months later, Nordmeyer is charged and Hontz still has a constant reminder of the accident in her front yard. Pieces of metal and plastic cover an area of her yard.

"I wish it were not here, I feel so sorry for her and her family, horrible just horrible," she said.

Nordmeyer is out on bond, he's due in Jackson County court in mid-March.

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