Area teen killed in Christmas Eve accident

An area teen was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Christmas Eve in Douglas County. The 14-year-old female juvenile from Ava was pronounced dead at the scene 3 miles north of Dora by South Howell County Ambulance personnel.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the teen was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Madison Croney of Ava. The pair were traveling on Missouri Highway 181 when Croney lost control. The vehicle reportedly skidded off the roadway and struck a tree.

The teen’s death is the 41st fatality reported by Troop G this year, compared to 40 at the same time in 2019. Croney was transported by air ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield with what were described as moderate injuries. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.

Croney’s vehicle was totaled in the 9:35 p.m. accident.

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