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Pittsburg State saddened by death of student in traffic accident

Updated at 1:55 PM CST:  A 22 year old Pittsburg State student was killed over the weekend in a two car collision.

According to the crash report issued by the Missouri Highway Patrol, on September 14 at 11:05 a.m., Caleb Neely, 23 of Dadeville, Missouri, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven and was eastbound on Missouri Highway 126 when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the Missouri Highway 43 intersection.

Neely's vehicle collided with a northbound 1994 Ford F150 pickup driven by Crystal Carter of Lamar, Missouri.

Both vehilcles left the roadway, with the F150 overturning.

Nicholas E. Chase, 22 of Olathe, Kansas, was a passenger in Neely's vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.  Three other occupants of the vehicle were taken to a Joplin hospital with serious conditions.  Devin Walter, 23 of Topeka, was wearing a seatbelt and is listed in Good condition.  Kaylene Wray, 20 of Pomona, Kansas, was wearing a seatbelt and is listed in Fair condition.  It is unknown if Tracy Morgan, 20 of Aronia, Kansas, was wearing a seatbelt.  The hospital had no information on Morgan.

Carter, 30 of Lamar, was taken to a Joplin hospital in serious condition.  It is unknown if Carter was wearing a seatbelt.  The hospital says Carter was treated and released.  An occupant of Carter's vehicle, Hiram Ruth, 32 of Lamar, was taken to a Joplin hospital in serious condition.  Ruth was wearing a seatbelt.  Ruth also has been treated and released.

CORRECTION:  We initially reported Nicholas E. Chase was the driver of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala.  In fact, per the report, Caleb C. Neely was the driver.

 

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (CORRECTED)

PSU saddened by death of student in traffic accident

Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott issued the following statement upon learning of the death of PSU student Nick E. Chase. Chase, a 22-year-old native of Olathe, Kansas, passed away as a result of a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning at the intersection of Missouri Highways 126 and 43.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in Saturday's accident. I extend my deepest sympathies to Nick's family and friends and offer condolences on behalf of the entire Pittsburg State University community."

Chase was in his senior year and majoring in automotive technology.

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