Passengers Ejected in Dent County ATV Crash


In Dent County, three residents of Salem, Missouri receive serious injuries after their ATV overturned, causing all the occupants inside to eject from the ATV.

On March 11, 2014 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Kevin Kelleher, age 21 of Salem, Missouri was operating a 2006 Polaris Ranger Mule along with passengers Savannah Kelleher, age 20, and Christopher Davis, age 18. All occupants in this crash are residents of Salem, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Kevin was traveling in the northbound direction on private property and about 10 miles west of Salem on Missouri Route H. The crash occurred as Kevin’s ATV traveled over an uneven portion on the trail, causing the ATV to overturn and eject all of the occupants inside.

Savannah Kelleher and Christopher Davis received serious injuries and were transported by air evacuation to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. The driver, Kevin Kelleher, also received serious injuries from the crash. Kevin was transported by Mercy Lifeline to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, none of the occupants inside the 2006 Polaris Ranger Mule were wearing proper safety equipment at the time of the crash.

Kevin’s 2006 Polaris Ranger Mule received minor damages and was removed from the scene of the crash by the owner.

This ATV-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop I, Dent County Sheriff’s Department, Lenox Fire Department, and Salem Ambulance District.