Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family of St. Louis County Motorcyclist Killed Last Year Settles Lawsuit against Chronic DWI Offender

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family of St. Louis County Motorcyclist Killed Last Year Settles Lawsuit against Chronic DWI Offender

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ST. LOUIS * The parents of a south St. Louis County man killed when he crashed his motorcycle into an abandoned SUV on Interstate 270 have settled a lawsuit against the driver of the SUV, a chronic DWI offender now in prison for at least his 10th drunken driving conviction.

St. Louis Associate Circuit Judge Barbara T. Peebles approved the $1.5 million settlement Tuesday against Mark T. McKay, 41, of the 4200 block of Veranda Drive in south St. Louis County.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said McKay had hit the median wall of I-270 south of Gravois Road with his 2003 GMC Envoy on the night of Aug 12.

After the crash, about 11:10 p.m., McKay left the SUV in the southbound lanes of the interstate, authorities said.

A few minutes later, Marko Knezevic hit McKay's abandoned SUV with his 2009 Yamaha sportbike, the patrol said. Knezevic, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the crash scene.

Under the agreement approved Tuesday, McKay's family's insurance company will pay the settlement to Knezevic's parents, Robert and Ljuba Knezevic, also of south St. Louis County.

McKay was arrested near the crash scene on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and drug possession.

Prosecutors in January charged McKay with felony possession of methamphetamine after state troopers said they found a black zip-up bag of methamphetamine on the driver's side floorboard of the Envoy.

But Ed Magee, a spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor's office, said McKay was not charged in Knezevic's death because of a lack of evidence of impairment. McKay refused a trooper's request for a breath test, and a blood sample was never taken.

McKay's criminal defense lawyer, Travis Noble, said McKay was wearing an alcohol monitoring anklet at the time of the crash, which would show McKay had no alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. …

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