Diane Rayford, 33

St. Louis, Missouri
August 11, 2006

Agencies: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department SLMPD

Cause of death: Vehicular

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Diane Rayford was a passenger killed when her car struck a police car driven by officer Jorlon "Tink" Upchurch as it pulled into an intersection at around 11:15 p.m. Rayford was killed instantly. Upchurch suffered severe neck injuries and nerve damage. The driver, Rosevelt Scott, 64, broke several bones. According to the investigation, Scott was driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone with his headlights off, and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.178 percent after the crash. Scott was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty to manslaughter and assault in the crash. He was paroled in August 2011. In /2013, Scott was charged with beating his new girlfriend, Carolyn Richardson, 54, to death with a baseball bat.

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