An early-morning accident on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 has led to involuntary manslaughter charges against a semi-truck driver. The fatal Platte County accident reportedly occurred around 8 a.m. on the 45 Highway near Waldron.
According to accident reports, Adam Shaw was driving a 2013 Freightliner semi-truck when he crossed the centerline of the highway, clipped a pickup truck, and then collided headfirst with a minivan. The minivan was driven by 49-year-old Catherine Nienaber. Her seven-year-old son was also in the vehicle. Ms. Nienaber was reportedly pronounced dead at the accident scene, and her son was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was reportedly taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police have alleged that alcohol may have played a role in this accident, and accordingly, they have charged Mr. Shaw with one count of involuntary manslaughter (for the death of Catherine Nienaber) and with two counts of assault (for injuries to Ms. Nienaber’s son and the driver of the pickup truck).
Mr. Shaw was held on $250,000 cash-only bond after the crash.
Ms. Nienaber is survived by her husband of 25 years, by her nine children, her parents, and her siblings. She is remembered as an active member of the community and the St. Vincent de Paul Church where she was laid to rest on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Our Missouri wrongful death lawyers extend our sincere sympathy to Ms. Nienaber’s husband, to their children, to her parents, and to all of her loved ones following this tragic Platte County accident.