JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Two women died and two others are seriously injured after a car crash on Route HH near Carthage.
On Thursday, July 16, around 7:30 p.m., 24-year-old Baylee Shorter was driving a 2008 Ford Taurus when she crossed the centerline and struck a 1999 Honda CRV head-on, driven by 17-year-old Jessica Batie.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, both drivers died as a result of the crash. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.
The passengers in each vehicle sustained serious injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital of Carthage via ambulance.
This is Troop D’s fifth fatal accident of the month.