Jael Clem

By Ed Pruneau

Missourian Managing Editor

A Franklin County woman is facing felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with a fatal crash in March that claimed the life of an off-duty Eureka firefighter.

Jael M. Clem, 39, Pacific, was indicted last month by a Franklin County grand jury on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, and a misdemeanor charge of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

She was arrested Monday and booked at the Franklin County Jail. She was released that afternoon after posting a $50,000 bond.

The grand jury indictment was issued May 29. However, by law, a grand jury indictment remains sealed until a defendant is arrested.

The Missouri Highway Patrol alleges that Clem was intoxicated March 7 when the Audi Q5 she was driving collided with a 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by Gregory Light, 49, Catawissa, on Highway O in the Robertsville area.

According to the patrol, Clem was eastbound on Route O passing another vehicle when her car collided head-on with the westbound Light vehicle.

Light’s car overturned and ended up in the eastbound lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time after the crash.

A passenger in Clem’s car, Yasmin Clem, 11, sustained serious injuries in the crash, according to the patrol report.

The Clems were wearing safety belts but Light was not, the patrol reported.

According to reports, Light served 27 years with the Eureka Fire Department and was active in EMT and paramedic training, the junior firefighter program and other fire-related training programs. Light was also chairman of the Missouri Emergency Cardiac Care Committee for the American Heart Association.