Manhunt continues for driver in fatal Franklin County crash -

Manhunt continues for driver in fatal Franklin County crash

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By Caroline Hilton By Caroline Hilton

( -- A manhunt continues for the driver of a car involved in an accident that left two people dead and three injured in Franklin County on Saturday night.

The accident happened on Highway 100 at Highway M around 7 p.m.

Authorities say Joshua McFerrin, 36, was driving a Dodge Stratus westbound when he failed to stop at a traffic signal and turned into a path of a Ford Fusion.

The two backseat passengers in the Stratus died. They are identified as 46-year-old Tarlton M. Stephens and 56-year-old Mitchell R. Mantels, both of Villa Ridge, Mo. A front seat passenger, 30-year-old Shanna M. WIlken of St. Clair, is hospitalized in serious condition.

McFerrin was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington and was under investigation for suspicion of drunken driving. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says he ran away from the emergency room.

Two people in the Fusion suffered minor injuries, and were also taken to Mercy Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Highway Patrol or the Washington Police Department.


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