Baylee Shorter Death – The Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Crash Team are investigating the head -on collision that occurred Thursday night, July 16, 2020 which took the lives of both vehicle drivers.
At about 10:00 p.m Thursday night, the officials reopened the roadway to all traffic users, says Cpl. J.L. Prewitt of Troop D.
One of the vehicle driver identified as 24-year-old Baylee Shorter, of Carthage, Missouri, was driving eastbound in a 2008 Ford Taurus. She crossed the center line striking the other vehicle head-on. Shorter was taken to the hospital were she was later pronounced dead.
A passenger of the 2008 Ford Taurus, 17-year-old Makayla Suter, of Joplin, Missouri, was seriously injured.
The second vehicle driver, 17-year-old Jessica Batie, of Joplin, Missouri was driving westbound in a 1999 Honda CRV.
Jasper County Deputy Coroner, George Woodard pronounced Batie dead at the scene.
A passenger in the 1999 Honda CRV, a 12-year-old girl, of Joplin, Missouri, suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
According to official report, Shorter’s vehicle was eastbound on RT HH, crossed the centerline and struck Batie’s vehicle head-on.
According to records, this marks Troop D’s 57th fatality of 2020, compared to the 54 fatalities in 2019.