Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate fatal crash on Coyote Drive

Jonathan Beavers, 25, of Joplin, Mo. was killed in the two vehicle crash
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JOPLIN, Mo. — About 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon Joplin Dispatch were alerted to a serious, two vehicle crash near Love’s along Coyote Drive.

Joplin Fire Dept and Joplin Police responded along with Newton County Ambulance. MoDOT Emergency Response secured the roadway, closing to all traffic both north and south for more than three hours.

Coyote Drive was reopened about 7:15 p.m.

Troop D PIO Sam Carpenter confirms a fatality crash. He says the Newton County Coroner was on scene about 6:00 p.m.

The crash is being investigated by the Major Crash Investigation Unit.

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PRELIMINARY CRASH REPORT/SCREENSHOT.

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PRELIMINARY CRASH REPORT/SCREENSHOT.

According to the preliminary report Jonathan Beavers, 25, of Joplin, was driving a 2013 Kia Soul traveling north. He died at the scene.

Traveling southbound was Melody Kelly, 47, of Seneca, driving a 1996 Pontiac Bonneville. She suffered serious injuries. A 14-year-old female in the Kelly car suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to Mercy Joplin.

Crash occurred as [Kia] crossed the center line and struck [Pontiac] in the front.” — Tpr J.T. Day

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