Passenger Injured in Three Car Rear-End Crash in Vernon County

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When one driver rear-ended another, his vehicle spun and crashed into a third vehicle, causing the passenger of the first victim to suffer moderate injuries in a Vernon County crash.

On January 11, 2012 at approximately 3:40 P.M., 19-year-old Victoria Keys from Nevada, Missouri was operating a 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor and heading westbound on US 54 one mile west of Nevada. At said time and place, Matthew Smith, age 29, from Nevada, Missouri was also heading westbound in a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Smith had one passenger – Kindra Nickels, age 22, from Nevada, Missouri. Also at this time and place, Connie Duncan, age 60, from Fort Scott, Kansas was heading westbound in a 2004 Jeep Liberty.

The crash occurred when Keys crashed into Smith in the rear end then spun and crashed into Duncan. Smith’s passenger, Nickels was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of this crash.

Nickels suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to Nevada Regional Hospital by ambulance. None of the three drivers suffered injuries as a result of this crash.

Keys’s Mitsubishi received total damage and was towed by Garwood Wrecker Service of Nevada, Missouri. Smith’s Monte Carlo received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by TCB & Auto Service of Nevada, MO. Duncan’s Jeep Liberty received moderate damage and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This investigation was led by Trooper Justin D Leemasters of Troop D in Vernon County.


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