November 15, 2007

Gorin Teenager Killed In Crash on Highway 136

A Gorin teenager was killed and two other occupants of the vehicle she was riding in were seriously injured in a two-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 136 in Scotland County at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th.

Chelsea R. Bennett, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 12:50 p.m. by Scotland County coroner Ginny Monroe.

Bennett was a passenger in a 1989 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Ricky L. Miller, 23, of Gorin.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Miller was driving northbound on Route A when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 136. The pickup entered the highway where it struck a 1994 Ford gravel truck being driven westbound by Barry J. Winkleman, 36, of Kirksville.

The Miller vehicle struck the conventional tractor trailer in front of the pup trailer, a second short semitrailer used in combination with a dolly and the dump truck to create a twin trailer. The engine compartment of the pickup was lodged under the axle of the pup trailer and was dragged for several hundred feet before the gravel truck was able to come to a stop.

The Scotland County Rescue Squad used the jaws of life tools to extricate a second passenger in the truck, Star M. Miller, 16, of Gorin. Star and Ricky Miller both suffered serious injuries in the crash. They were transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Memorial Hospital. Both were later taken by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Bennetts body was transported by the coroner to Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Miller was ticketed for failure to yield and no seatbelt.

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