Two Teenage Girls Injured in Weekend Crash

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In Gentry County, the driver and passenger in a vehicle are injured after the driver neglected and failed to operate a curve correctly, which caused the vehicle to overturn.

On February 24, 2013 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Bethany Ruoff, age 18 from Savannah, Missouri was operating a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire. Shelby Schultz, age 18 from St. Joseph, Missouri was Bethany’s only passenger inside the vehicle.

At that said date and time, Bethany was traveling in the eastbound direction on Missouri Highway E as it is 3.5 miles east of US 169 and approximately 5 miles southeast of Stanberry. The crash occurred as Bethany failed to negotiate a curve correctly and over corrected, which caused her vehicle to travel off the north side of the roadway and collide with an embankment. Then, the vehicle overturned and came to a rest upright off the north side of the roadway facing west.

Shelby Schultz was transported to Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri by the Grand River ambulance with moderate injuries. Bethany Ruoff received serious injuries and was transported to Northwest Medical Center by the Grand River ambulance and later transferred by Life Flight helicopter to an unreported hospital as she was in critical condition.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Bethany Ruoff was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, however, Shelby Schultz was.

Bethany’s 1997 Pontiac Sunfire received total damages and was removed from the scene by the vehicle’s owner.

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


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