Curryville man killed in pedestrian accident

UPDATED: May 9 at 2:20 p.m.

A Curryville man has died after being struck by a moving vehicle on Highway 54, just east of Curryville, Missouri.

The incident happened Sunday just before 2 a.m. The Pike County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a pedestrian being struck on highway 54 west bound just east of Curryville.

James Butler Jr. of Curryville was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Jim Turner.

The driver stated that Butler was laying in the road way just over a small rise in the road.

A short time before Butler was discovered, his sister had spoke with a Curryville Officer indicating she was concerned for her brother's safety because he had been behaving oddly.

Found in Butler's pocket was an open package of a "bath salt" product called "Eclipse". "Bath salt" is currently legal state wide but has been outlawed in many cities in the state.

Bowling Green, which is 5 miles east of Curryville, outlawed last month products containing MDPV, the active ingredient in "bath salts".

It is not known at this time what, if any effect this product had in the death of Mr. Butler.

In addition to Sheriff's Deputies responding to the scene was the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Curryville PD, Pike County EMS, and Curryville Rural Fire Department.

The accident investigation is being completed by the MSHP.

Editor's Note: Story has been corrected to state that Butler's sister spoke with a Curryville officer. Correction comes from the Pike County Sheriff's Office.