Driver charged, 2 killed in Ripley Co., MO crash

RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Two people were killed and one person injured following a crash in Ripley County, Missouri on Thanksgiving night. Investigators say one person is facing charges.

It happened just after 10:30 p.m. on northbound Route K on Nov. 24, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

According to the patrol, the driver from New Madrid, Missouri, Hayden F. Samons, 20, was arrested shortly before midnight on two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. He was held in Ripley County and then released.

Troopers said a 2012 Chevrolet Impala ran off the road hit a mailbox, and overturned several times. Two people were thrown from the car.

Derick M. Samons, 22, from Doniphan, Missouri died at the scene. Another passenger,  a 16-year-old from Doniphan was taken by Air Evac to a Poplar Bluff hospital with serious injuries.

He later died after being transferred to a Memphis hospital for treatment.

According to the patrol, the victims' relatives were notified of the deaths. All involved were brothers, according to the Troop E Patrol.

Hayden Samons as taken by ambulance to a hospital in Doniphan, Missouri with minor injuries.

All three of the car's occupants were not wearing seatbelts, according to the patrol.

The car was totaled in the crash.

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