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Kelsey Ricketts of St. Charles hurt by fleeing drunk driver in Johnson County

5:50 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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Pittsville, MO (KSDK)-    A woman from St. Charles was injured late Wednesday evening after her car was struck by another vehicle west of Warrensburg in northwest Missouri.

Kelsey Ricketts; 20, was westbound on Highway 50 in the small community of Pittsville around 10:30 last night when her was struck by the other car whose driver had ignored a stop sign at the intersection of Route 131.

Missouri Highway Patrol investigators say the impact sent Ricketts car into the median of the highway.  The other driver then fled the crash scene in his vehicle.  Ricketts was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

Johnson County deputies eventually tracked down the second driver; identified as 42 year old Keith Churchill of Kingsville, and arrested him on a variety of arrest warrants including assault, careless and imprudent driving, DWI, and several traffic violations.

Formal charges are expected later this morning.  Churchill is currently in the custody of the Johnson County jail.

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