Charges filed in wrong-way crash that killed Collinsville musician

News-DemocratNovember 23, 2013 

— A 26-year-old St. Louis woman accused of being drunk and causing the wrong-way crash that killed a Collinsville musician has been charged in his death.

Caitlin Marie Dixson was charged Friday with first-degree involuntary vehicular manslaughter, involving driving while intoxicated and causing the death of a non-passenger.

She is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of over 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit, when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 64 near Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis and struck Ryan Roach's red Plymouth Breeze on Aug. 9.

Roach was a musician, performing on acoustic guitar and other instruments as he grew up in Macoupin County. He was also a youth minister at a Bethalto church and a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.

Roach, 26, had recently moved from Glen Carbon to Collinsville, and had just been contracted with a record company to write and record a single.

St. Louis Associate Circuit Judge Theresa Burke set Dixson's bail at $100,000, cash only. No court dates have yet been set.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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