ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A Chesterfield man pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in connection with a 2011 head-on crash that caused the death of a Whitfield School teacher.
Patrick J. McCormick, 53, of the 16800 block of Lansbrooke Court, was drunk Aug. 26 when he drove his 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe across the center line of Wildhorse Creek Road near Riverdale Drive and slammed into a 1992 Infiniti G20, police said.
The driver of the Infiniti, Janet Esrock, 50, of Chesterfield and a math teacher at the Whitfield School in Creve Coeur, died Sept. 11 from her injuries. Her 16-year-old son Jonathan was seriously injured in the crash but survived.
Police say McCormick failed a sobriety test and test results on McCormick's blood show he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent at 12:30 a.m. about two hours after crash, police said. The legal limit to drive a vehicle in Missouri is 0.08 percent.
McCormick, who served as the director of facilities at St. Louis University Hospital, will be sentenced Aug. 17.