Saturday, July 08, 2017
Teen driver in July 4 head-on crash that killed three others, dies at Mercy Hospital
McKay Harris, 17, had been the only survivor of the crash that took place 1:20 a.m. July 4 on Route V, three miles south of Joplin.
According to the Patrol report, a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Harris, crossed the center line and struck a 2015 Hyundai Elantra driven by Ronni J. Ducommun, 32, Wenzville, head on.
Ducommun, a nurse at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Peters, and her passenger, Janet M. Ducommun, 67, Neosho, a substitute teacher in the Neosho R-5 School District, were pronounced dead on the scene, as was the passenger in McKay's vehicle, Alex M. Ashlin, 18, Neosho, who would have been a senior at East Newton High School this year.
Online Highway Patrol reports show Harris was cited for driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving, no insurance, displaying the plates of another, minor in possession, and for not wearing a seat belt.
Joplin Municipal Court records indicate Harris had been stopped on May 1 and June 22 by the Joplin Police Department and charged with driving without a license.