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JEFFERSON COUNTY   •   An Imperial man who was allegedly driving at least 30 miles above the speed limit in a crash that killed a Crystal City woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Thomas Griggs, 51, told officers after the Feb. 25 crash that he remembered driving southbound on Interstate 55 and becoming lost, but that he couldn't remember anything about the crash that killed Londa Crump, according to a probable cause statement.

A Festus police officer who was conducting a traffic stop on Truman Boulevard near Beffa Street about 5:15 p.m. said he heard the very loud exhaust on Griggs' Mitsubishi Lance Evolution and heard it shift into higher gears, according to a probable cause statement. The officer clocked the car going 80 mph in a 45-mph zone. The car was heading north on Truman Boulevard and continued to speed up as it entered the city limits of Crystal City, hitting 85 mph in a 35-mph zone, court documents say.

A man driving southbound on Truman saw Griggs' car partly cross the center line before swerving into the back of a truck driven by Crump. Another driver said Griggs passed her so fast that it made her vehicle rock back and forth.

Officers investigating the accident determined Griggs was driving at least 70 mph in a 40-mph-zone when he hit Crump's truck, court documents say. She died of her injuries.

Crump was 61 and worked as a teller at the Bank of Bloomsdale in Crystal City, according to her obituary. She was an active member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ church in Festus, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity volunteer and the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include her husband, David Crump; two sons, Darin A. Crump of St. Louis and Jeromy Crump of Crystal City; and an infant granddaughter.

Jefferson County prosecutors charged Griggs, of the 5200 block of Summerfield Drive, on May 21. He is free on bond.

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