Driver who struck, killed Auxvasse man charged with manslaughter

Gilbert L. Love, 73, Auxvasse, was killed Thursday night while he and another man were putting gas into a vehicle on Interstate 70 near Columbia were struck by a car.

Columbia police report the accident occurred at 8 p.m. when a man driving a sport utility vehicle hit Love and Edward Taggart, 72, Prairie Home. Love died at the scene and Taggart died at a Columbia hospital.

Police said the driver who hit the victims with his car, Earl William Hutcherson, 60, 261 N. Rainbow Drive, Columbia, made statements referring to using a cell phone and alcohol that might have been a factor in hitting the two men.

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