Man charged after fatal crash in southwest Missouri

Man charged after fatal crash in southwest Missouri
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An Exeter, Missouri man is charged with four felonies and two misdemeanors in connection to a crash that claimed the life of an Arkansas man.

Steven Fare, 59, was driving on Missouri Highway 86 when authorities say he crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer head-on. The driver of the Trailblazer, John Rash, 58, of Fayetteville, died at the scene. His passenger, Imelda Rash, 63, was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office says Fare is charged with DWI-death of another not a passenger, second-degree assault, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, two witnesses on the scene said Fare had crossed the center line and ran them off the road before hitting the Trailblazer head-on. The witnesses also told authorities that Fare appeared to be messing with his phone.

Authorities say Corporal Joel Givens, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, administered a breathalyzer test, which was negative for alcohol. Givens said Fare appeared to be dazed, and when asked what happened, said he did not know and asked where he was.

Documents state Fare gave consent for authorities to search his vehicle and download electronic data recorder information. Givens allegedly found about two grams of methamphetamine, 43 oxycodone pills and a meth smoking pipe. The Barry County Sheriff’s Office states, “He said the pill bottle had Fare’s name on it, but the prescription was for 4 pills, and the bottle contained 43 and from three different batches.”

The recorder information showed Fare was traveling at 58 miles per hour and that there was no brake or steering input just before the impact or during the crash, according to documents. Givens said based on that information and the contents of the vehicle, he believed Fare was under the influence at the time of the wreck. A subpoena for Fare’s toxicology report from Mercy revealed Fare had amphetamines, marijuana and oxycodone in his system, according to the Barry County Sheriff’s Office.

Fare is scheduled to be in court on March 5th, 2019.

According to the Barry County Sheriff’s Office. “Fare was involved in another wreck that led to criminal charges on Aug. 12, 2018. In that instance, he was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson Road King that went off the roadway on Highway 86, east of Farm Road 1250. He was initially charged with misdemeanor driving without a valid license, misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving and failure to wear protective gear on a motorcycle. He pleaded guilty to he careless and imprudent driving charge and was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation.”