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Driver in Joplin double fatal crash appears in court

Updated November 13, 2013:  The preliminary hearing has been held for a Webb City man charged in the death of two passengers killed in a car crash in June 2013.

Jonathan Snyder is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and assault in the second degree after investigators say he was driving too fast around a curve and lost control in the area of Saint Louis and G Street in Joplin.

Christian Beasley, 25 of Webb City, and Kristopher Hawkins, 24 of Asbury, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A third passenger was injured and treated.

Snyder's next court appearance is scheduled for December 6, 2013.

 

Updated June 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM CST:  The names of victims are released after a weekend crash in Joplin.

The crash happened in the area of Saint Louis and G Street at 1:15 Saturday morning.

Investigators say the driver was going too fast around a curve and lost control.

Two passengers were ejected and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Those passengers were Christian Beasley, 25 of Webb City, and Kristopher Hawkins, 24 of Asbury.

A third passenger, Trevor Morris, 24 of Webb City, was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, Jonathan Snyder, 27 of Webb City, was arrested and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one county of second degree assault.

Police are waiting for toxicology results but believe alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash. 

Snyder is being held in the Joplin jail on a $15,000 bond.

"It's still under investigation," says Corporal Paul Rowe of the Joplin Police Department.  "The driver was arrested.  He's currently looking at manslaughter and second degree assault." 

 

Posted June 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM CST:  Two passengers were pronounced dead and a third passenger were injured after an early morning crash in Joplin.

Joplin police report the one vehicle roll over crash occurred around 1:15 a.m. June 15th at area of G St and St Louis.

The investigation at this time indicates the driver of the vehicle was traveling too fast around a curve and lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle left the roadway and overturned.   

Two passengers were ejected from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.  A third passenger, who was wearing his seatbelt, was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. 

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for Involuntary Manslaughter and 2nd Degree Assault.  Formal charges will be submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutors Office. 

This crash is still under investigation and awaiting toxicology results, but alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.

The names of the victims are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.    

We will keep you posted with the latest information as it becomes available.

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