Upon arrival, the trooper noticed the Ford on the side of the road near trees with substantial front-end damage and the Dodge on its roof in the ditch.
A man has been charged in connection to a fatal crash in July 2018.
Kevin Kennedy, 21, of Versailles, was charged with a Class C felony of DWI resulting in the death of another; a Class D felony of possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid; failure to drive on right half of roadway when the road was of sufficient width, resulting in an accident; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense; operating a motor vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility-second offense; and driver/front seat passenger fail to wear properly adjusted/fastened safety belt.
According to the probable cause statement, on July 12, 2018 a trooper came to the scene of an accident after he overheard a report on the radio traffic. A silver Ford Edge and a silver Dodge Grand Caravan collided on Route Z in Camden County. Upon arrival, the trooper noticed the Ford on the side of the road near trees with substantial front-end damage and the Dodge on its roof in the ditch. A deceased female was in the passenger’s seat of the Dodge.
The trooper reportedly talked to a white male. He was being treated with serious injuries in a Mercy ambulance and identified himself as Kevin Kennedy. He told the trooper that he was the driver of the Dodge, but was not able to recount the events of the crash. He told the officer that his family and he were leaving “for an unknown destination. He was not able to elaborate further,” according to the probable cause statement. He told the officer that his girlfriend was also in the van at the time of the occurrence. The trooper reportedly did not notice a sign of impairment from Kennedy. According to the probable cause statement, Kennedy’s blood alcohol level was .000% based on the officer’s issued PBT. A Staff for Life helicopter flew Kennedy to the University Hospital in Columbia for treatment from his injuries.
Another trooper identified and talked to the driver of the Ford, R. The driver of the Ford’s blood alcohol level was reportedly .000%. According to the probable cause statement, R said, “‘I was getting ready to go around a corner, and they came around completely on my side of the road. I tried to swerve, and they just hit me.’”
Officers concluded, based on the evidence at the scene and the drivers’ statements, that the crash occurred as Kennedy was traveling south on Route Z and R was traveling north on Route Z. Kennedy crossed the center line after exiting a curve. R tried to avoid Kennedy by traveling off the right side of the road, but the two vehicles struck head-on. R continued north, sliding in the grass, and his vehicle came to rest on its wheels facing west. After impact, Kennedy’s vehicle began to rotate, traveled off the left side of the road, overturned, and struck the ditch. The Dodge came to rest on its roof facing north. The passenger, Kennedy’s girlfriend, was partially ejected through the front right window, and became trapped under the roof of the vehicle as it came to rest in the ditch. Both front seat belts in the Dodge were fully retracted with the tensioners locked, indicating Kennedy and his girlfriend were not wearing seat belts. Officers did not find an insurance card at the scene and multiple unsuccessful attempts were made to contact Kennedy and the owner of the vehicle to obtain insurance information, according to the probable cause statement.
The trooper reportedly found a red and yellow marijuana grinder with marijuana residue inside and a package of Zig-Zag brand rolling papers among the items thrown from the Dodge. Officers seized them as evidence.
On August 8, 2018, an officer from the University of Missouri Police Department contacted the trooper. He told the trooper that hospital security personnel recovered “a ‘meth pipe’ from Kennedy while he was being treated,” according to the probable cause statement. The pipe was later sent to the Highway Patrol Laboratory for drug analysis. It tested positive for methamphetamine.
On January 9, 2019, the trooper served a search warrant for security reports relating to the seizure of the pipe and Kennedy’s medical records. Toxicology results from Kennedy’s medical records were positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, cannabinoids (THC), benzodiazepines, fentanyl, lidocaine, monoethylglycinexylidide (MEGX), and nicotine.
Kennedy’s bond is $100,000 cash or surety.