Drunk Driver Neglects Stop Sign and Attempts to Flee Crash

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In Johnson County, the at-fault driver flees the scene of the crash after he failed to notice a posted stop sign and rear-ended another vehicle.

On June 20, 2012 at approximately 10:28 p.m., Kelsey Ricketts, age 20 and of St. Charles, Missouri was operating a 2004 Honda and traveling in the westbound direction. Keith Churchill, age 42 and of Kingsville, Missouri was operating a 2006 Ford and traveling in the northbound direction.

At that said time and place, Kelsey was traveling east on US highway 50 in the left lane as Keith was traveling north on Missouri highway 131. The crash occurred when Keith neglected to stop at the posted stop sign and traveled into the path of Kelsey’s vehicle. Kelsey then struck Keith’s vehicle in the left rear and traveled into the median which came to a rest facing southwest on its wheels. Keith left the scene of the crash and was quickly located Johnson County.

Keith Churchill was a suspected drunk driver and was arrested later that evening. Keith was held in the Johnson County Jail on suspicion of various charges, including second-degree assault, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, and driving while intoxicated.

Kesley Ricketts suffered moderate injuries and was transported by EMS to Centerpoint Hospital to be treated for her condition. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Keith Churchill was uninjured and did not seek medical attention due to him fleeing the crash.

Kelsey’s 2004 Honda received total damages and was towed by Ron’s Towing. Keith’s 2006 Honda received moderate damages and was towed by Reed’s Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop A and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. Charges are still pending.

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