JOPLIN, Mo. — Investigators with the Joplin Police Department confirmed Monday that a motorcyclist died from his injuries over the weekend following a crash on Range Line Rd.
On Saturday, an officer with JPD heard a vehicle crash near 12th and Range Line Rd. and arrived at the scene to find a motorcyclist in critical condition. Despite life-saving attempts and transport to a Joplin hospital, the man, Charles F. Richardson Jr., 26, died of his injuries. The officer who responded to the scene noted that prior to the crash the group of motorcycles Richardson was a part of was obeying traffic laws.
Officials say further investigation by JPD’s Major Crash Team indicates that a 17-year-old male driver of the passenger vehicle pulled out in front of a northbound Richardson, causing the collision. Police say that the juvenile was also found to be under the influence of marijuana.
The teen was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter before being released to the Jasper County Juvenile Detention Office.
The crash team is continuing to investigate the incident and may release more updates.