Driver in crash that killed 1 in Chillicothe had inhaled compressed air duster

Chillicothe Police are investigating a fatal wreck at the 800 block of Washington. (Picture provided by Chillicothe MO Police Department)

Chillicothe Police are investigating a fatal wreck that killed at least one person.

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, Chillicothe PD, Chillicothe Emergency Services and Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to the 800 block of Washington St. on a serious crash.

The name of the person who was killed is 39-year old Danette L. Rardon from Chillicothe.

The accident happened when a F-150 truck failed to stop at the light while heading north and hit Rardon's westbound Hyundai Santa Fe on the driver's side as she was trying to make a right turn at the intersection. Both cars ran off the road, but Rardon's car hit a sign pole.

The other driver, Shawn Michael Yuille, had to be airlifted to the hospital. There was a 5-year-old in the truck. The child was airlifted to Children's Mercy with moderate injuries. The adult male passenger in the front seat of the truck refused medical treatment at the scene.

According to the probable cause statement from Thursday, Nov. 30, Yuille has been charged with second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.

According to the probable cause statement, the passenger in the front seat told police that "the accelerator got stuck and we hit the vehicle." "Our light was red, he said.

However, according to witnesses, traffic traveling north and south of U.S. 65 at Calhoun Street had a red light at the time of the crash. Meanwhile, westbound traffic on Calhoun had a had a green light.

The F-150s speedometer indicated a speed of about 84 mph at the time when the electricity was cut off and witnesses said that the F-150 was traveling at a very high rate of speed.

The area is a 25 mph zone.

When police talked to Yuille in the hospital, he said that the light had turned green, but the truck wouldn't move. He said he put it in park, then drive, and ended up going faster than intended because the accelerator got stuck. "I've been having problems with that vehicle," he said.

On November 26, an officer said he had talked to someone who gave a statement about electronic messages from the adult male passenger in the F-150. The person said they had talked to him at Walmart as he was holding a can of air duster and other items. This person also talked to Yuille.

The person said that they left Walmart a short time later, then came across the crash with Yuille and the other occupants.

That night, this person got messages from him that said he and Yuille had inhaled the air duster, "hit the gas," then "passed out" while driving. He said he grabbed the wheel and drove, swerving in and out of traffic, until they hit the Hyundai at Calhoun.

The passenger later told police that he had bought the air duster and Yuille inhaled it in two locations while driving. At one point, he noticed the truck was going to the right and yelled at Yuille, but he was unresponsive. He then grabbed the wheel and tried to drive from the passenger's seat, but the truck began to accelerate as he was swerving in and out of traffic. Yuille was responsive at least up until the crash happened.

Police got a search warrant on Tuesday and got the "black box" from the F-150. It showed the truck was moving at 88 mph with 100 percent throttle and 0 percent braking input when it crashed into the Hyundai.

Two cans of air duster were found inside the truck in a Walmart sack. The cans were sold in a two pack, and the plastic holding them together had been opened. Police also found that the gas pedal was functioning properly.

Additionally, the child was not properly restrained, which caused serious injuries.

For those reasons, Yuille was charged.

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