A Carthage High School student is in intensive care at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin after he was involved a crash Monday morning at Fir Road and River Street.


A Carthage High School student is in intensive care at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin after he was involved a crash Monday morning at Fir Road and River Street.

Carthage Police Sgt. Doug Dickey said Micah Whited, 18, Carthage, was taken to St. John’s in Joplin by medical helicopter after Whited was thrown from his vehicle in a three-vehicle crash shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.

Dickey said two other people, Maddox Crowe, 2, and Jackson Crowe, 5, suffered cuts and bruises and were taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin to be checked out.

Matthew Crowe, 28, the father of the two children and driver of the vehicle they were riding in, was not hurt. He accompanied the two children to the hospital

Also uninjured was the driver of the third vehicle in the crash, Kayla Meister, 18, Carthage.

Dickey said the accident happened when Whited, driving a Jeep, apparently tried to turn north on River from eastbound Fir Road and pulled into the path of a westbound Honda Element, driven by Matthew Crowe.

The impact of the crash sent the Jeep spinning into Meister’s Mitsubishi Eclipse which was traveling east behind the Jeep and threw Whited out of the Jeep.

Dickey said investigators believe Whited was not wearing his seatbelt while all the others in the accident were restrained.