UPDATE: One dead in serious car crash in Downtown Joplin


From Joplin Police: “

The Joplin Police Department responded to a serious crash at 6th and Joplin at 4:43pm on October 4, 2018.

A 2005 Buick driven by Annita Miller of Webb City was eastbound on 6th at Joplin Ave. Miller began to cross Joplin and her vehicle was struck by a 2012 Ford Focus driven by Michael Kailer of Joplin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Joplin.

Two back seat passengers of the Buick were ejected. One passenger suffered moderate injuries. The other passenger, Misty Pietrzak, 43 of Joplin was transported to Freeman West where she died from her injuries.

A total of seven vehicles were damaged in this crash either directly from impact or flying debris. Five people were transported for injuries in this crash.

Initially, we were seeking a black Jeep Grand Cherokee who had left the scene. At this time we are still investigating it’s possible involvement and interviewing witnesses, although we are not actively seeking that vehicle. The Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team is investigating this crash.”


One person is dead and one person is in critical condition after a serious car crash in Joplin this evening.

The crash happened around 5pm, at the intersection of 6th and Joplin.

Four total people have been taken to local hospitals.  The other two are in less serious condition.

 Joplin Police Department is very early in the investigation and believe there were four vehicles but one may have left the scene.

One of the patients had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Authorities believe at some point during the crash one of the occupants of the vehicles was outside of the car.

Press Release from Joplin Police: 

“The Joplin Police Department responded to a serious crash at 6th and Joplin at 4:43pm today. When Officers arrived, there were numerous witnesses, vehicles and victims. Four patients were transported to local hospitals. Two of those patients were transported in critical condition, and one has since died.

The Major Crash Team is on scene investigating and roads are closed in the area. No names or details are being released yet, but we are asking for public assistance in locating a vehicle that fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a black Jeep Cherokee with front end damage, driven by a white male. We need to identify that vehicle and driver and speak to him. Anyone with information please call 417-623-3131.”

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