A truck driver from Troy, Missouri was arrested following a deadly car accident on 1-44, east of Rolla, on Monday afternoon, April 9.

    A truck driver from Troy, Missouri was arrested following a deadly car accident on 1-44, east of Rolla, on Monday afternoon, April 9. 

    Tyler L. Davis, age 33, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and four counts of second degree assault. 

    According to the incident’s probable cause statement, the reporting officer responded to a motor vehicle crash on eastbound I-44, near the 192 mile marker. Once on the scene, the officer observed a tractor trailer, which was bearing a Missouri license plate, blocking both lanes of the South outer road. They also observed a black Chevrolet Impala off the right side of the interstate, and a red Chevrolet Equinox in the right lane of I-44, facing west. Both vehicles had sustained extensive damage, and according to the officer’s report, the Impala was “nearly unidentifiable.” 

    The officer reported two subjects, later identified as Jan R. Fenton and Lydia M. Fenton, inside the Impala. Jan was allegedly in the driver’s seat and Lydia in the passenger seat. Both were unresponsive, according to the probable cause statement. Lydia was transported by Phelps County Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. Jan had no signs of life and was pronounced deceased. 

    After both were removed from the vehicle, the officer made contact with Davis, according to the probable cause statement. Davis was identified as the driver of the tractor trailer, and the officer asked what happened.

    “I was reaching down for my soda, which fell out of the cup holder,” Davis said, according to the probable cause statement. “I looked up and and they were stopped.”

    When asked if he applied his brakes, Davis allegedly informed the officer if he did, “it was not for very long.” 

    The crash occurred in a construction zone where traffic was congested due to I-44 being down to one lane for construction. According to the officer’s report, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) used two pickup trucks with emergency flashers activated to warn drivers of the traffic.

    When asked if he saw these trucks, Davis informed the officer he had, according to the statement. 

    After obtaining his information, Davis was transported by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).    

    The three occupants of the Equinox were removed from the vehicle, each sustained serious to minor injuries. 

    The accident was reconstructed based on driver statements and on-scene evidence, according to the officer’s report. The crash allegedly occurred Equinox and Impala were stopped in traffic. Davis allegedly failed to observe the stopped vehicles and the front of his vehicle struck the rear of the Impala, which then struck the Equinox. The Equinox then overturned and came to a final rest in the right lane while the Impala traveled off the right side of the roadway.

    Davis’ vehicle also traveled off the right side, striking a guardrail and traveling across the separator. 

    Following the investigation, the officer contacted Davis at the hospital, where he allegedly confirmed his previous statements, according to the probable cause statement.

    Davis was transported to the Phelps County Jail and placed on 24 hour hold.