[Updated]: LU student dies after being struck by car

Photo credit: Carly Fristoe Sophomore Charles Labry, in a photo taken at the "Take A Walk in Her Shoes" event on Sept. 24.
LU Sophomore Charles Labry
Photo credit: Carly Fristoe
Sophomore Charles Labry, in a photo taken at the “Take A Walk in Her Shoes” event on Sept. 24.

Aeriel Niccum | Assistant News Editor
October 27, 2014; 4:23 p.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Report, Charles Labry was traveling north on foot from the south side of Interstate 70 East. Labry was hit by the 2008 Honda Civic in the innermost lane (closest to the median), thrown airborne, and landed in the outermost lane (closest to the side of the road) where he was hit by the undercarriage of a passing tractor trailer.

The driver of the Honda Civic who initially hit Labry stopped and cooperated with police. The driver of the passing tractor trailer initially drove from the scene, but contacted police at a later time to cooperate.

According to crash scene investigator Tom Morris, visibility of Labry would have been easier closest to the right side of the road.

“Headlights are aimed to the right to avoid glare for oncoming traffic,” said Morris.  “This extends the illumination distance on the right. Therefore, objects entering the driver’s path from the right would be illuminated sooner than those entering from the left.”


Daniel Rottlaender | Staff Reporter
October 18, 2014; 7:55 p.m.

Lindenwood rugby player Charles Labry, also known by his nickname “Frenchie,” died from being struck in the eastbound lanes of I-70  around 4:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

Labry was struck by a 2008 Honda Civic in one lane, throwing him two lanes over, where he was struck again, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Report.

Labry was an International Business student from Beaune, France. The rugby team will honor his memory by naming the upcoming game the Charles Labry Memorial Match on Oct 25 at 7 p.m.

For students interested in speaking to a counselor about the matter, the Student Development Center Offices in the Student Counseling and Resource Center, which is located at the LUCC, are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Updates will be published when more information becomes available.

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