Sep 21, 2021 7:21 PM

St. Joseph man charged with manslaughter in fatal Sunday motorcycle crash

Posted Sep 21, 2021 7:21 PM
Roberto Ayala -photo Buchanan Co.
Roberto Ayala -photo Buchanan Co.

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A St. Joseph man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, accused of driving drunk and running an intersection, killing a motorcyclist Sunday afternoon.

The Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged 57-year-old Roberto Ayala in the death of the motorcyclist, identified only as D.S. in the charging statement.

Ayala has been charged with the class C felony of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree.

The probable cause statement filed by the St. Joseph Police Department states Ayala was driving in the 1000 block of South 16th Street early Sunday afternoon when he failed to yield at the intersection with Lafayette Street. The motorcyclist, riding west on Lafayette, struck the passenger side of the vehicle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the Mosaic Life Care hospital.

Police report Ayala had a preliminary blood alcohol content of .164%. His blood was drawn at the hospital for further analysis.

According to police, Ayala was driving with a revoked driver’s license and had had a prior arrest of driving with a revoked license. Ayala has also been convicted on DWI twice before, according to police.