- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

WELDON SPRING, MO. (AP) - An off-duty suburban St. Louis police officer might have been drinking before a crash early Saturday that killed four people, investigators said.

The officer was identified as 41-year-old Chrissy L. Miller, a 12-year veteran of the police department in Sunset Hills.

Miller was driving in the wrong lane in the town of Des Peres when her 2001 Mitsubishi struck a 1999 Honda with five people inside, said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Everyone in the Honda except the driver was killed instantly, investigators said. Three of the victims were from Charleston, Ill.: Anusha Anumolu, 23, Anita Lakshmi, 23, and Prya Muppvarapu, 22. The other victim, Satya Chinta, 25, was from Aurora, Ill.

The Honda driver, Nitesh Adusumilli, 27, of Ballwin, Mo., was hospitalized in fair condition at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis County.

Miller had surgery Saturday and was in critical condition at St. John’s.

Nothum would not say why authorities suspect Miller had been drinking.

Sunset Hills Police Chief William LaGrand said drinking and driving would be out of character for Miller, a single mother with one son.

“This is a real tragedy and our sympathy goes out to the families of those who did not survive as well as those who did,” LaGrand said.

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