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Two people seriously injured in suspected drunk driving crash.


The crash occurred on July 7th, 2024, at 10:30pm in the 6700 block of Highway 50/63 past Osage City. 38-year-old Zachary Parsons was driving a 2021 Toyota Corolla. Police had received reports that his vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the road about 2 minutes before the crash occurred. Parsons crashed into a 2022 Ford Escape, driven by 28-year-old Tashay Benford. The vehicles came to a rest in the median with heavy front end damage to both vehicles. Both Parsons and Benford were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. They were removed from their vehicles by Jefferson City Fire Department. They both sustained serious injuries and were flown to a hospital in Columbia by helicopter.

When you’re injured on the roadway, especially when it’s caused by someone else’s poor decisions, you don’t want to pay for their mistakes. Crashes like this one can have lasting effects on someone’s mental, physical, and financial well-being. With an experienced personal injury attorney by your side, you can ensure that you receive the settlement that you deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash like this one, do not hesitate to reach out to the AW Smith Law Firm. Our dedicated team is ready to provide victims of personal injury with support, guidance, and legal counsel.