Richard J. Augustine, 58, and Debra S. Smith, 60, were traveling west on Highway 72 when the accident occurred. Paul E. Patton, 49, was traveling east in his pickup truck when he crossed the center line and struck the motorcyclists, tossing the two from the motorcycle, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Augustine and Smith died at the scene of the accident. Both were wearing helmets.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Patton was drunk at the time of the crash. On Monday, The Bollinger County prosecutor charged Patton with two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter.
The crash happened at around 3:30 p.m. local time and about two miles west of Patton, Missouri.
The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).