West Plains man dies after collision with fleeing driver


The community of West Plains is grieving the loss of 29-year-old Kannen Farris, who was killed over the weekend. An investigation is underway into his death. Authorities say the man who killed Farris was running from police at a high rate of speed early Sunday morning.

KY3 reports Monday afternoon, 21-year-old Grayson Smith was charged with second-degree murder and felony resisting arrest by fleeing. His bond has been set at $250,000. Smith is still hospitalized following the crash.

Farris was almost home from work at Sonic, he was literally pulling into his driveway when Smith's vehicle T-boned Farris' car.

Court records claim that while in Springfield, Smith refused a blood test, but admitted to Highway Patrol troopers he had smoked a synthetic marijuana known as K2. K2 is treated as a controlled substance in Missouri.

Farris' house is located on a blind hill-- the speed limit 25 mph. Police say an officer went to pull over the 21-year-old man for speeding, and he took off even faster. Officers say they later found the drug K2 in his car, and say that is perhaps why he fled.

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