A Grundy County man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday for a crash that killed one woman and caused injuries to the defendant’s own daughter on Nov. 25, 2017.
Shawn Yuille, 25, faced charges of second-degree murder and child endangerment after the accident in downtown Chillicothe, Missouri, claimed the life of Danette Rardon, 39, and injured Yuille’s 5-year-old daughter. The Livingston County prosecutor said Yuille was driving in downtown Chillicothe, with his daughter in the vehicle, when he became unconscious while inhaling Air Duster.
Yuille’s pickup traveled through the downtown streets with an open throttle before crashing into Rardon’s sport utility vehicle. She died at the scene, while the 5-year-old girl was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in a helicopter.
The prosecutor’s office, in a social media post, declared that Air Duster abuse remains a problem in Livingston County.
“The problem is not over,” Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren said on his office’s Facebook page. “Today police indicate yet another single-car accident involving Air Duster abuse happened this morning. Stay away from Air Duster. It’s not a safe alternative to any drug. It is deadly and has killed old schoolmates of mine. Today it claimed 35 years from Mr. Yuille and his family. It claimed Danette, which tore a hole in the fabric of her family and our community, without warning.”
Rardon was a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and senior vice president of wealth management for Citizens Bank and Trust.
Yuille pleaded guilty in April.