Four Teenagers Hospitalized in Crash at Airport

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In Douglas County, four teens are injured after the speeding vehicle crashes and overturns on an airport runway.

On December 7, 2012 at approximately 10:25 p.m., Elias David, age 17 from Wasola, Missouri was operating a 1999 Ford Taurus. Zachary Knee (19), Marcus Cox (18), and Dakota Merriett (17) were Elias’ passengers during the time of the crash. All passengers are residents of Ava, Missouri.

At that said time, Elias was traveling down the Ava Municipal Airport runway at an excessive speed. The crash occurred as the vehicle traveled off the end of the runway, down a steep embankment, and overturned.

Elias David was moderately injured from the crash. Marcus Cox, Zachary Knee, and Dakota Merriett were all seriously injured. All passengers were transported by ambulance to Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Elias David and Zachary Knee were the only two of the four wearing seat belts during the time of the crash.

Elias David’s 1999 Ford Taurus received total damages and was towed by Jim Body Shop.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop G.

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