Weekend crashes leave seven people injured

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seven Nevada residents in two separate crashes suffered injuries Sunday, according to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Four of the seven were involved in a single-vehicle crash on Route B approximately a half a mile west of county road 7305 in Bates County. The other three were injured in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 54 one half mile east of Weaubleau in Hickory County. Although separated by more than 70 miles, both wrecks occurred within minutes of each other, shortly after 4 p.m.

The driver of an eastbound 1998 Saturn, Kevin Crawford, 39, Nevada; and occupants Khris Crawford, 16, Nevada; and Pauline J. Crawford, 63, Nevada; all suffered moderate injuries when Andrew J. Chandler, 18, Carthage, driving a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Impala, passed several cars before striking the on-coming Saturn. The incident report does not mention any citations as having been issued.

The wreck in Bates County occurred when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Jeffrey S. Tenpenny, 45, Nevada, ran off the left side of the roadway on Route B, struck a fence and overturned, ejecting all four occupants. Lorinda M. Lukenbill, 55, Nevada, Jordan M. Heard, 12, Nevada and Skylar S. Watts, Nevada, and Tenpenny all suffered serious injuries, the report said.

Watts was transported to Children's Mercy Hospital. Heard was transported by air ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital. Lukenbill was transported to Research Medical Center. Tenpenny was transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital and then to Research Medical Center.

Tenpenny has been cited for driving while intoxicated and the Missouri State Highway Patrol has turned the information over to Bates County prosecuting attorney for consideration of other charges. Tenpenny has a court date for Aug. 27 on earlier charges stemming from a June 18, 2009, incident of Class A misdemeanor of DWI, the Class C felony of second degree assault -- operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury; and the Class D felony of leaving the scene of an accident -- injury, property damage or second offense.

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