Update: Tuesday, October 25th at 9:40 a.m.:
A Mexico man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault stemming from an accident last week that seriously injured six people and killed one. Audrain County Prosecuter Jacob Shellabarger filed charges Monday evening.Online court documents indicate 37-year-old James Rippee is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, six counts of assault in the 2nd degree, two counts of assault in the 3rd degree, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.A warrant for Rippee TMs arrest was issued Monday, with a bond amount of $120,000. Schellabarger said Rippee was taken in to custody. Rippee's arraignment has not been set.The Highway Patrol said in the evening of October 20th, Rippee lost control of the truck he was driving and went off County Road 435. He hit a mailbox and the truck rolled multiple times. Ten perople were in the bed of the truck, including a 10-year-old boy. Rippee and his 11-year-old daughter were in the cab of the truck.
One of the people in the bed of the truck, 20-year-old Benjamin Ewens, later died at a Columbia hospital. Update: Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m.:
The family of the man killed in the wreck has set up a memorial fund. Donations can be made to Benjamin Ewens at Boone County National Bank. The money will help cover funeral costs and his child's care.
Ewens left behind a one-year-old son.
Updated: Friday, Oct. 21 at 4:26 p.m.:
A trip to a make believe haunted house turns into a real nightmare.
James Rippee, 37, of Mexico had 11 passengers in a 2002 Black Dodge Ram pick-up truck while traveling north on Audrain County Road 435 shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said Rippee lost control while driving at a high rate of speed and hit a mailbox. The truck rolled over several times. Benjamin Ewens, 20, later died at a Columbia hospital. Members of the Missouri Highway Patrol Major Crash Investigation Unit are trying to determine exactly what happened.
Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Brazas said, It TMs called a total station. It TMs an expensive piece of equipment. It can give us very accurate measurements of the scene itself, elevations and distances.
The group was headed to a haunted house which was only about a half mile away from the scene of the accident.
The driver James Rippee and his daughter Rebecca, 11, were in the cab of the truck. The other 10 passengers were in the bed. Authorities used 4 helicopters and 5 ambulances during their response.
Immediately after the accident, 7 people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger told KRCG that he is reviewing this case to determine whether any crimes were committed during the accident.
1 person has died and 11 others injured in a one vehicle, roll over accident in Audrain County.The accident happened around 5:45 p.m. Thursday on County Road 435, a half mile north of County Road 408.The Highway Patrol said 37-year-old James Rippee of Mexico was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of his truck. He went off the road, hit a mailbox and overturned the car several times.Nine people were in the bed of the truck. All nine were thrown from the bed, as well as two passengers in the cab of the truck.Seven people were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Rippe and four others had minor injuries.
After arriving at University Hospital, 20-year-old Benjamin Ewens passed away from serious injuries.