A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night and his passenger was seriously injured when an oncoming car turned into the path of the motorcycle on a two-lane highway, police say.
The driver of the car that caused the wreck was arrested on suspicion of DWI and manslaughter, police say.
The motorcyclist who died was identified as Thomas Bryant, 32, of Hillsboro. Bryant died at the scene of the 10:25 p.m. Wednesday collision on Old Highway 21 at Lake Lorraine Road. Bryant had been driving a 2002 Yamaha YZFR1.
A woman riding on his motorcycle, Danielle J. Cole, 21, of Imperial, was seriously injured. She was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said a 2010 Pontiac G6 was traveling south on Old Highway 21 when the driver tried to make a left turn onto Lake Lorraine Road, pulling into the path of the northbound motorcycle. Bryant and Cole were thrown from the motorcycle.
The driver of the Pontiac was James E. Werner, 64, of Hillsboro. The Highway Patrol arrest report shows that Werner was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault.
The patrol said Werner was uninjured in the crash. He was being held in the Jefferson County Jail, police say.