Fatality Crash in Chariton County

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In Chariton County, a two-vehicle collision results in one fatality after the driver of the vehicle crossed the center line.

On August 1, 2012 at approximately 10:53 p.m., Ashley Simpson, age 24 and of Marceline, Missouri was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer and traveling in the westbound direction. Zachary Cupp, age 17 and of Bucklin, Missouri was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Impala and traveling in the eastbound direction.

At that said time and place, Zachary was traveling eastbound and Ashley was in the westbound direction on route JJ. The crash occurred when Ashley crossed the center line and collided with Zachary’s vehicle head-on. Ashley’s vehicle came to a rest off the north side of the roadway facing south. Zachary’s vehicle came to a rest off the south side of the roadway facing southwest.

Zachary Cupp was transported by Life Flight Eagle to the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri where he was later pronounced dead by coroner, Dr. Jake Quick. Ashley Simpson received minor injuries from the crash and was transported by Linn County ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield, Missouri. Ashley’s passenger, Katrice Sartain, age 27 and of Marceline, Missouri received moderate injuries and was also transported by Linn County ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, all occupants in this fatality crash were wearing their seat belts during the time of the accident.

Zachary’s 2004 Chevrolet Impala and Ashley’s 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer received total damages and were towed by Precision Towing in Brookfield, Missouri.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop A and B, Major Crash Team 1, Linn County Sheriff’s Department, and Marceline First Responders.

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