A Missouri car crash on Highway 17 Sunday night claimed the lives of Juanita K. Prater, 57, and Cory D. Parker, 18, and injured three others. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Ronald C. Prater, 57, was driving southbound in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer when his vehicle was struck by a 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by Dakota L. Ball, 18.
The Eclipse ran off the right side of the road and skidded across the center line, and struck Prater’s car. Other passengers in Prater’s vehicle included the victim, Juanita K. Prater, as well as Olivia Prater, 14. Cory Parker was a passenger in the car driven by Dakota Ball. Mrs. Prater was flown to University Medical Center in Columbia, where she was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. Ronald Prater and Olivia Prater were taken by Pulaski County Ambulance to Lake Hospital and were noted to have suffered moderate injuries as a result of this Missouri car crash. Dakota Ball’s passenger, Cory Parker, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pulaski County Assistant Coroner, Mike McCart. Mr. Ball suffered serious injuries due to the wreck and was airlifted to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. All of those involved in the accident were wearing safety devices except Mrs. Prater. Police are investigating this accident in order to determine the precise cause, as it is not known why Mr. Ball initially ran off the road.