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Manslaughter Charges Filed Against Driver in DWI Crash That Killed St. Peters Woman

Two people died in the collision on Highway 364 just west of Maryland Heights Expressway.

A St. Charles man was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter for an April 17 crash in Maryland Heights that killed two passengers in his car.

John Recklein, 22, of the first block of Robert Drive in St. Charles, was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter--driving while intoxicated.

The crash killed Natasha Galenski, a 17-year-old St. Peters woman, and 23-year-old Jared T. Nevenner, of Caseyville. Galenski died four days after the accident.

Recklein’s blood-alcohol content was 0.179 percent, more than double the legal limit, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

A state trooper said Recklein was attempting to pass a vehicle in rush hour traffic on Highway 364 just west of Maryland Heights Expressway. He collided with another car and overturned several times.

Recklein was seriously injured in the accident. A third passenger also survived.

Bond was set at $50,000.

For more crime information on St. Peters Patch, see the following articles:

  • St. Peters Woman Seriously Injured in Fatal Crash on Highway 364
  • St. Peters Woman Charged with Assault in Four-Car Crash
  • St. Charles County DWI Checkpoints Produce 15 Arrests

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