Two Barry County teens are dead following separate holiday crashes.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Fairview teen was killed when the 2006 Honda Rancher ATV he was driving rolled down a hill and came to rest on the driver, Jet Lee, 13.
The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, on private property located west of Highway 37 approximately three and a half miles north of Purdy.
|Lee was reportedly not wearing safety equipment on the sport vehicle.|
Lee was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Springfield about three hours after the crash. This is Troop D's 87th fatality crash for 2012.
* A Golden teen is dead following a crash that occurred at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Nov. 21, on Highway J, a half mile west of Golden. The crash occurred when the driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse, Austin C. Turner, 19, of Golden, ran off the left side of the highway, struck a tree and caught fire. Charles McManus, Barry County assistant coroner, pronounced Turner dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. A passenger in the vehicle, Wilian A. Marroquin, 17, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Berryville, Ark., with minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.
* An Aurora man sustained minor injuries in a crash that occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, on Highway 39 about five miles south of Shell Knob. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup, James D. McCullah, 63, of Aurora, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. McCullah was taken to Mercy Hospital in Aurora. He was wearing a seat belt.
* An Exeter man was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:57 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, on Highway 76 in Ridgley. The crash occurred when the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban, Daniel J. Allen, 28, of Exeter, ran off the right side of the highway and overturned. Allen was airlifted to Cox Hospital South in Springfield with serious injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.
* Two people were injured following a crash that occurred at 2:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, on Interstate 44, three miles east of Mt. Vernon. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, Hunter Smith, 21, of Carthage, ran off the right side of the interstate and struck an embankment and overturned. Smith was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to Mercy Springfield Hospital with moderate injuries. A passenger in the vehicle, Victor Bustamonte, 31, of Springfield suffered serious injuries and was transported to Mercy Springfield Hospital. Bustamonte was not wearing a seat belt.