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Driver in fatal Knox Co. ATV crash was under the influence

KNOX CITY, MO (WGEM) — A Kirksville, Missouri, man who crashed an ATV Saturday killing an 11-year-old girl was driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Court documents confirm that Brandon Reed, 31, of Kirksville, Missouri, was intoxicated when he crashed an ATV Saturday, resulting in the death of 11-year-old MaryJane Shey of Hurdland, Missouri.

Documents state that Reed was driving a 2019 Polaris ATV around 4 a.m. Saturday on private property south of Knox City when the crash occurred.

Two female juveniles were seated in the bed of the ATV when Reed crossed a wet creek bed and began to climb a hill. While climbing the hill the ATV lost traction and began to slide. Once the ATV regained traction it was propelled forward up a tree. One juvenile jumped from the bed and was unharmed, Shey was ejected and the ATV landed on top of her.

Reed told deputies that he consumed approximately twelve beers before the crash and estimated that he consumed two to six more beers after the crash. Reed’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tested at .118 at 5:39 a.m., about an hour and a half after the crash. A second test at 6:50 a.m. revealed a BAC of 0.094. The legal limit to drive in Missouri is 0.08.

Shey’s mother and others helped pull her from the ATV. Shey was then transported by private vehicle to the Knox County High School to meet up with the ambulance which took her to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Shey was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:29 a.m.

Reed was arrested at 8:59 a.m. for Felony Involuntary Manslaughter.

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