Search continues for hit-and-run driver

Authorities in Missouri are searching for the driver of a vehicle that reportedly fled the scene of a collision that sent three people to hospitals Friday in Howell County. Two of the three injured were transported by air ambulances.

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred 1.5 miles west of Brandsville, when an unknown driver struck a truck driven by 29-year-old Chasity L. Schoenhofen of West Plains, as it traveled through an intersection on County Road 9510.

The unknown driver reportedly fled the scene. The truck leaving the scene was located at a residence. However, at the time of the report, the driver was still being sought.

Schoenhofen was transported by air ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, along with a 16-year-old male juvenile occupant of her vehicle, also from West Plains. A second 16-year-old male occupant of her vehicle from Keiser, Arkansas, was transported by ambulance to Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains. All three sustained what were described as “serious” injuries in the crash.

Schoenhofen’s vehicle was totaled in the 11:55 a.m. accident, with the unknown driver’s truck receiving extensive damage.

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