UPDATE: [Lake Ozark Police Chief Gary] Launderville says the collision occurred on the westbound Highway 54 off-ramp that leads to Highway 242 and Lake Ozark. The pedestrian, identified as 47-year-old Mary Simmons, had been walking along the exit ramp, allegedly against the flow of traffic, in the driving area, when Bowyer’s vehicle struck her, according to the police report. Police say Bowyer immediately stopped the vehicle after the collision, and contacted authorities. They say he did not appear to be impaired, and his roadside BAC test showed no alcohol in his system.
However, investigators allegedly found a bag containing a crystalline substance among Simmons’ personal items at the scene, according to the chief. Wondering why someone might be walking along that ramp, Launderville said police thought perhaps Simmons had been staying at the nearby Riverview RV Park and Campground. They visited the campground, and Launderville says they found a friend Simmons had been staying with there. He says the friend acknowledged they both had used meth and alcohol earlier that day.
— Lake Expo —
ORIGINAL POST: An investigation is complete following a crash involving Emporia, Kansas native and former NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer. A 47-year-old woman died in the crash.
The crash was reported just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, near U.S. 54 and Missouri Highway 242 near Osage Beach, Missouri.
According to a crash report from the Lake Ozark Police Department, Bowyer was driving westbound on U.S. 54 and was approaching Missouri 242 when he struck a woman walking on the ramp.
The crash report states once Bowyer realized the crash occurred, he immediately hit his brakes. He called 911 and helped point first responders to the female victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman has been identified as Mary Jane Simmons, of Camdenton, Missouri.
Bowyer’s vehicle was reported to have sustained heavy front driver side damage and major damage to the windshield directly in front of the driver seat.
The crash report states Bowyer showed zero signs of impairment and provided a roadside sample of .000 blood alcohol content.
A crystalline substance was found where the female victim’s belongings were located and is believed to be methamphetamine, according to the report. She was believed to be under the influence of drugs, according to the crash report.
— Fox 4 KC —