On October 17, 2011 at approximately 3:20pm, 17-year-old Mackenzie Miller from Salem, Missouri was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and heading eastbound on Highway 32 three miles east of Salem. At the same time and place, 16-year-old Bailey Stephens from Salem, Missouri was also heading eastbound on Highway 32 in a 1997 Toyota Corolla. Also at this time, Donna Nunley, age 35, from Bunker, Missouri was heading westbound on Highway 32 in a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina. Miller had one passenger – Adam Miller, age 14, from Salem, Missouri. Donna had two passengers – Fredrick Nunley, age 34, from Bunker, Missouri and Shayna Nunley, age 14, from Bunker, Missouri.
The crash occurred when Miller struck the rear of Stephens and then crossed the center line and was struck by the oncoming vehicle of Nunley. Mackenzie Miller and Adam Miller were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by paramedics. They were taken by coroner, Gina White, to Wilson Mortuary in Salem, Missouri. Fredrick Nunley suffered minor injuries and was taken to Salem Hospital by the Salem Ambulance from the scene of the crash. Donna Nunley suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene of the crash to the Salem Hospital by the Salem Ambulance. Shayna Nunley suffered serious injuries and was taken from the scene of the crash to Salem Hospital by the Salem Ambulance and then life-flighted from Salem Hospital to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. All drivers and occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Miller’s 2007 Cobalt received total damage and was towed by Whitaker Towing from Salem, Missouri. Stephens’ Corolla received moderate damages and was driven from the scene of the crash. Nunley’s Lumina received total damage and was towed by Whitaker Towing from Salem, Missouri. All drivers had auto insurance at the time of the crash.
This investigation was led by Trooper Jeffrey Leathers and assisted by Corporal K. Wilmont, Trooper G. Moravec, the Dent County Sherriff’s Department and the Salem Police Department.
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