Vehicular Manslaughter

Here is what you need to know about vehicular manslaughter in Missouri. It is also referred to as involuntary manslaughter.

Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person is accidentally killed due to the criminal negligence of the driver of a motor vehicle or boat.

What is Vehicular Manslaughter

Under the definitions in the Missouri statutes is the following:

A person acts with criminal negligence when a person fails to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that circumstances exist or a result will follow, and such failure constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation.

In a vehicular manslaughter case the death of the person is unintentional. It is not intended. That means if you intentionally drive your car into a person or persons with the intent to harm them and they die you are guilty of murder.

What is Prohibited

First degree involuntary manslaughter is recklessly causing the death of another person or criminally negligently causing the death of another while operating a vehicle or boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Second degree in means you have criminally negligently caused the death of another person by means other than by the operation of a boat or motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

One category of vehicular manslaughter is directly connected to intoxication. The other is death caused because of criminal negligence. This could be driving at a high rate of speed. It could be drag racing on the highway. It could be texting and driving.


First degree vehicular manslaughter can be either a Class B or C felony depending upon who was killed and under what circumstances.

Second degree involuntary manslaughter is a class D felony.

I Can Help

If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter I can help you. Call 314-708-1000. That is my direct cell phone.