SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Police believe a 19-year-old Springfield man was under the influence of a synthetic drug when he lay down in the middle of a highway and was fatally struck by a passing car.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Joshua Tucker died just before 1 a.m. May 16 after being run over on U.S. 65. Police say he and two other men had smoked a "joint" believed to have been laced with chemicals.
A 22-year-old woman who ran over Tucker tested negative for drugs and alcohol. So did Tucker, which made investigators believe he had smoked synthetic drugs that are manufactured to avoid detection.
A friend who was with Tucker that night told police Tucker started acting strangely after smoking the substance and ran off around midnight.