Woman crashes into bikers on Hwy. 39, four dead, eight injured

Angel Daniels

Kameron "Kam" Hale

James Olmsted

Kadence Harris

Linda J. Anderson

Manetzke faces charges of felony DWI resulting in death of two or more
Four people were killed Saturday morning, including a 17 year old teenager when a 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Theresa L. Manetzke, 51, of Aurora crossed the center line and hit five motorcycles that were traveling together for a Poker Run fundraiser to benefit the Thornton Toy Drive.
Missouri Highway Patrol said the five motorcycles were traveling north on Missouri Highway 39, three miles north of Aurora, and the Toyota was traveling south when the car veered out of its lane, after hitting the motorcycles the car then traveled off the west side of the road and came to rest in a ditch. Two of the motorcycles also reportedly caught fire. The crash was reported at approximately 11:15 a.m.
The report shows that four people were pronounced at the scene, they were Kameron Hale, 28, of Aurora; James R. Olmsted, 59, of Aurora and his passenger, Kadence Harris, 17, of Aurora; and Linda G. Anderson, 61, of Aurora. They were all transported from the scene to funeral homes in Aurora and Pierce City.
Five of the victims were air lifted to Cox South in Springfield with serious injuries, they were Krista D. Trueblood, 30, and her husband Darrell J. Trueblood, 37, both of Aurora; Cody J. Zielinski, 35 and his wife Jessica E. Zielinski, both of Aurora; and 16 year old Zayleigh Jones, of Aurora and another victim, Jesse W. Clinkingbeard, 54, of Aurora  was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
A Missouri Highway arrest report stated Manetzke, who was driving the Toyota, was arrested at the scene and charged with Felony DWI- resulting in the death of two or more persons and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. She was released for medical treatment pending formal charges. Manetzke was transported by ambulance to Cox South in Springfield with serious injuries. An arrest warrant issued by Lawrence County Judge Matthew Kasper stated that once arrested Manetzke will be held with no bond for the charges. The probable cause statement filed states, “Manetzke said she had taken several anti-psychotic medications at around 9 a.m. before driving”. A field sobriety test was performed and Manetzke was determined to be drug impaired.
Rescue crews from the Aurora and Marionville Police Department, Lawrence County Fire Department, Aurora Fire Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol worked the incident which closed both lanes to traffic for much of the day.
Posts on social media show several fundraisers are being planned to help families with medical and funeral expenses.



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