LAWRENCE COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Theresa Manetzke, of Aurora, Missouri, has been identified as the suspected DUI driver in a Saturday vehicle crash that killed four motorcyclists in Lawrence County.
Manetzke, 51, was charged with “DWI Resulting in the Death of Two or More People,” following a Saturday morning crash that killed four motorcyclists in Aurora Township. Killed in the wreck were 17-year-old Kadence Harris, 28-year-old Kameron Hale, 59-year-old James Olmsted, and 61-year-old Linda Anderson, all from Aurora.
According to reports, Manetzke was operating a vehicle on MO-39 near Lawrence 2175 in Aurora, when the vehicle crossed centerlines and came into contact with a group of 10 motorcyclists.
The remaining injured motorcyclists were transported to area hospitals in serious condition.
Authorities said Manetzke failed a field sobriety test and was determined to be drug impaired.
A probable cause statement from the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Manetzke told officers on the scene she had taken several antipsychotic medications around 9 a.m. that morning.
According to the statement, Manetzke was placed under arrest and transported to jail in Springfield.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Geo quick facts: Lawrence County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri, in the area of the Ozarks. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,634. Its county seat is Mount Vernon – Wikipedia.