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Driver Charged In A Crash That Killed 4, Including MSSU Student

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A truck driver in a crash that killed four people, including a Joplin resident, is charged five months later.

The crash happened on November 21st, 2017 outside of Saint Louis, Illinois.

Madison County, IL State Attorney Tom Gibbons says 54-year-old Mohamad Y. Jama was driving too fast in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near the community of Hamel when his tractor-trailer slammed into other vehicles that had slowed or stopped.

The crash killed 19-year-old Vivan Vu (Joplin, MO), 20-year-old Tori Carroll (Alhambra, IL), 20-year-old Hailey Bertels and her 17-year-old sister, Madisen Bertels (Staunton, IL).

Gibbons says Jama (Greeley, CO) was charged Monday, April 16th, 2018, after the completion of an Illinois State Police investigation. Jama is charged with several felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving. He's being held without bond in the Madison County Jail.

Vivan Vu graduated Magna Cum Laude from Joplin High School in 2016.  She was a sophomore at Missouri Southern State University, studying international studies. Campus officials say she joined the university as a member of the honors program. Vu, five other students and a professor were returning from a "Model United Nations Conference" in Chicago when the crash happened.

Vivan's sister Diana says that she loved to travel and that after a trip to South Korea, Vivian was inspired to be a diplomat one day and to help people in third world countries.

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