ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A suspected drunk driving crash on U.S. Highway 67 killed two people Wednesday night.
According to St. Francois County Coroner Jim Coplin, 41-year-old Rick Mowery of Ironton had just gotten off work from Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre. He was driving south when Coplin said Mowery collided head on with a car driven by 31-year-old Jeremy Hansell of Bonne Terre around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Coplin said Hansell was driving the wrong way on U.S. 67 when the vehicles collided. A passenger in his car, 28-year-old Jackelin Rincon of Bonne Terre, was thrown from the car. According to the coroner, some bystanders pulled Hansell out of the car just before it caught fire.
Mowery died at the scene. Rincon died at a Bonne Terre hospital. Hansell is in a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report states that none of those involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
According to the coroner, Hansell is suspected of driving under the influence. A test is out right now to confirm that.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Hansell was arrested on two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and a charge of driving while intoxicated. He was released to medical personnel because of his injuries.