A California man accused of manslaughter while on illegal drugs, in the car-crash death of Missouri Baptist University freshman Clayton Pfeiffer, 18, posted bond and awaits the next St. Louis County Circuit court date August 30.
Dale Kawamura, 36, surrendered July 11 in California and posted bond July 12. Bail was reduced from $75,000 to $50,000 according to cast.net records, and he posted $2,500 cash.
Chesterfield police said the St. Louis County Police Fugitive Section handled the out-of-state apprehension and arrest. Kawamura lives in Oakland, CA.
Two weeks ago, on July 26, Kawamura's lawyer made a motion to supress all admissions, confessions, and physical evidence in the case.
The out-of-state arrest stems from a February 21 fatal head-on crash with Pfeiffer's car on Olive Boulevard in Chesterfield near Creve Coeur Mill Road.
Police said Kawamura was at the wheel of an eastbound SUV that crossed into oncoming traffic, clipped a truck, and hit Pfeiffer's car—killing him.
Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson told Chesterfield Patch in June that lab tests revealed methamphetamine in Kawamura's bloodstream at the time of the crash—about 10:30 a.m. on a weekday. Kawamura's passenger, also from California, broke an arm.
Kawamura is charged with two felonies:
- Involuntary 1st-degree vehicular manslaughter with intoxication, and death of a nonpassenger, blood alcohol .18% or more
- Assault 2nd-degree, operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury.
Pfeiffer was taken to hospital but declared dead. He was a 2011 St. John Vianney High School graduate from Affton. He was expected to play baseball this past Spring at Missouri Baptist U.
The two California men were treated at a local hopsital and released. A third man driving the truck apparently was not injured, police said.