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Joplin man bound over for trial for his role in a deadly crash

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Updated September 5, 2013:  A Joplin man is bound over for trial for his role in a deadly crash.

Prosecutors say Stephen McKeehan was drunk when he lost control of his car on Joplin's South Connecticut Avenue last May.

 The car rolled and the passenger Danielle Hardesty, 24 of Webb City, was killed.

McKeehan is charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is punishable by five to 15 years in prison.

 

Posted May 30, 2013:  Authorities say a Joplin man has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter after an overnight crash resulted in the death of a Webb City woman.

Authorities say Thursday at 12:41 a.m. Stephen McKeehan, 24, was driving a vehicle south in the 3100 block of South Connecticut Avenue in Joplin when he crossed into the northbound lanes.  The vehicle hit the curb and rolled, causing an unrestrained passenger to be partially ejected from the vehicle.

Police say Danielle Hardesty, 24 of Webb City, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

McKeehan was treated and released at the scene, and was then arrested.

Police believe alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

If convicted, McKeehan could serve up to seven years in prison.

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