Driver in fatal crash faces murder charge


A Ridgedale man has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a man with his vehicle in Laclede County.

On March 3, Alexander Lee Reed, 22, of Ridgedale, was charged with a class A felony of second-degree murder, a felony of armed criminal action and a class D felony of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident after he allegedly hit and killed a motorcyclist with his vehicle in late December, according to court records.

Reed is being held in the Laclede County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash-or-surety bond. At a recent court hearing, Reed pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to court records.

According to a probable cause statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Highway Patrol trooper responded to a wreck at about 1:20 p.m. on Dec. 30 on Missouri 5 north of Route VV.

The officer reported that when he arrived at the scene, a motorcycle was off the right side of the road against the cables, and the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department was providing medical attention to a man who had apparent head and neck injuries and was unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead at about 2:20 p.m.
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