PINEVILLE, Mo. – An Oklahoma man was charged with murder Monday in the death of two men who were passengers in the vehicle he was driving during a single car crash.
Ricky Neal Crase, 43, of Collinsville, with charged in McDonald County Associate Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree murder, driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license.
According to court records, Crase was driving his truck with a suspended license and intoxicated when the vehicle slammed into a bridge on Missouri 90 in Noel.
Killed in the crash were Aaron Gillming and John Lackey.
Gillming grew up in Grove and has family in the Zena area. He has left behind a son, Ryder Gillming.
“Our lives have been altered forever,” said Brenda Montgomery, Gillming's mother, referring to her son’s death. “He was our only son, and Ryder misses his dad.”
The state needs to stronger laws regarding drivers who repeatedly drive while drunk, she said.
“He (Crase) was playing Russian Roulette with our loved ones,” Montgomery said. “My son was not the only one who perished.”
Montgomery said Gillming was the fourth person in her family to be killed by a drunk driver. Several years ago Aaron Gillming’s cousin, Lamonda Gilming and her two children, aged four and six were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver.
In the past 12 years, Crase has pled to or convicted of four alcohol related driving offenses, according to Rogers County and Tulsa County court records.
Crase pleaded guilty in February to second-degree arson in Tulsa County District Court and received a five-year deferred sentence. After the accident, Crase was sentenced to five years in prison after prosecutors filed a motion to accelerate the sentence on the arson conviction.
A court date in Missouri has not been set.