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West Franklin grad injured in wreck

By DOUG CARDER, Senior Staff Writer | 9/16/2013

LAMAR, Mo. — A 22-year-old Olathe man with ties to the Ottawa community was killed and a 20-year-old Pomona woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck about 11 a.m. Saturday in southwest Missouri.

A 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by Caleb Neely, 23, Dadeville, Mo., was eastbound on Missouri Highway 126 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a 1994 Ford F-150 driven by Crystal Carter, 30, Lamar, Mo., as the truck traveled northbound on Missouri Highway 43 about 10 miles southwest of Lamar, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

LAMAR, Mo. — A 22-year-old Olathe man with ties to the Ottawa community was killed and a 20-year-old Pomona woman was injured in a two-vehicle wreck about 11 a.m. Saturday in southwest Missouri.

A 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by Caleb Neely, 23, Dadeville, Mo., was eastbound on Missouri Highway 126 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a 1994 Ford F-150 driven by Crystal Carter, 30, Lamar, Mo., as the truck traveled northbound on Missouri Highway 43 about 10 miles southwest of Lamar, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

The Ford F-150 struck the Impala on the right side, forcing both vehicles from the roadway before the pickup overturned, the report said.

Nicholas Chase, Olathe, a passenger in Neely’s Impala, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Barton County, Mo., deputy coroner, the highway patrol report said. Chase was said to have family ties to Ottawa, though family members were not available for comment Monday. Chase was a senior at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg.

Kaylene Wray, a graduate of West Franklin High School in Pomona and also a passenger in Neely’s vehicle, suffered undisclosed injuries and was transported by ambulance to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., the report said.

Two other occupants of the Impala —  Devin Walter, 23, Topeka, and Tracy Morgan, 20, Argonia — also were transported by ambulance to Freeman West Hospital with “serious injuries,” the highway patrol report said.

Carter, the driver of the F-150, and her passenger, Hiram Ruth, 32, Lamar, both were transported by air ambulance to Freeman West with what were also described as “serious injuries” in the highway patrol report.

Ruth and Carter were treated and released from Freeman West Hospital, hospital officials said. Neely also was treated and released. Wray is listed in fair condition, and Walter is in good condition, officials said. No information was available for Morgan.

The highway patrol report indicated Wray, Walter and Neely were wearing seat belts, while it was unknown if Morgan was wearing a seat belt. Chase was not wearing a seat belt, the report said.

It was unknown if Carter was wearing a seat belt. Her passenger, Ruth, was wearing a seat belt, the report said.

Pittsburg State University issued a statement upon learning of Chase’s death. He was a senior, majoring in automotive technology, according to the university.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in Saturday’s accident,” Steve Scott, president of the university, said. “I extend my deepest sympathies to Nick’s family and friends and offer condolences on behalf of the entire Pittsburg State University community.”

Herald staff writer Abby Eckel contributed to this article.

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