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Joplin teenager who caused a collision that killed the rider of a motorcycle has now been charged

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Updated June 23, 2014:  A Joplin teenager who caused a collision that killed the rider of a motorcycle has now been charged.

On May 24, Paul Doner, 17 of Joplin, collided with a motorcycle driven by Billie J. Clark, 49 of Joplin.  Doner crossed in front of Clark, causing the two to collide.  Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Rusty Rives of the Joplin Police Department says Doner has been charged with failure to yield.


Posted May 24, 2014:  A Saturday afternoon motorcycle vs. motor vehicle claims the life of a 49 year old from Joplin.

49 year old Billie J. Clark of Joplin was riding a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Hearnes Blvd when it collided with a Chevy Blazer driven by 17 year old Paul Doner of Joplin. Doner was traveling east on 34th street crossing over Hearnes Blvd. The Blazer then crossed in front of the motorcycle, causing the two to collide. Clark was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead on scene.

The crash is currently being investigated.

FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM JOPLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
On May 24th, at 2:10 p.m. Joplin dispatched received a call for a motor vehicle crash at 34th and Hearnes Blvd.

Billie J. Clark 49 of Joplin was riding a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Hearnes Blvd. A Chevy Blazer driven by Paul Doner 17 of Joplin was traveling east on 34th street crossing over Hearnes Blvd. As the Blazer crossed in front of the motorcycle the two collided and Clark was thrown from the motorcycle. Clark was pronounced dead on scene. Clark was not wearing a DOT approved helmet.

The crash is currently being investigated by the Joplin Police Major Crash Team. 
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