One of the owners of The Depot Bar and Grill in Monett was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Jan. 1.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Joseph Warren Russell, 31, of Springfield, was driving a Ford Edge eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 44 sometime after 6 a.m.
Russell collided headon with a 2002 Freightliner tractor trailer, driven by Douglas Carmack, 31, of Chandler, Ariz. The two vehicles traveled into the median and caught fire. Russell was pronounced dead at the scene. Carmack was not hurt.
Russell opened The Depot Bar and Grill at Third and Front Streets in October with Jason Craig King.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.
Russell was the first fatality of 2011 in the Highway Patrol's Troop D.
Other crash reports
* Two Barry County teenagers were hurt in a single vehicle crash two miles northeast of Eagle Rock at 2:56 p.m. on Monday. Mathew Miller, 17, of Eagle Rock, was driving west on Route E in a 2004 Ford Mustang when he lost control of the vehicle. The car traveled off the right side of the road. Miller overcorrected, the car skidded counter clockwise and off the right side of the road, striking a fence and stopping at a tree. Miller and his passenger, Mathew Ward, 18, of Cassville, received moderate injuries. Neither was wearing a safety belt, the Patrol reported. Ward was airlifted to St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. Miller was taken by ambulance to St. John's Hospital-Cassville.
* A Verona teenager was hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 3:07 p.m. on Monday in Verona. Wesley Kissinger, 17, was driving east on Ella Street in a 1995 Ford F150 pickup when he collided headon at a curve with a 1985 Dodge Ram 350 pickup driven by Michael Kissinger, 47, of Verona. Wesley Kissinger, who was wearing his safety belt, received moderate injuries and was taken to St. John's Hospital-Aurora. Michael Kissinger was not injured in the crash.