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Victim identified in deadly crash near Rogersville involving FedEx truck; MSHP seeks vehicle in investigation

Published: May. 7, 2021 at 9:07 AM CDT|Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 5:33 PM CDT
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NEAR ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the victim of a deadly crash Friday morning near Rogersville involving a Federal Express truck.

Mercedes Luna, 21, died in the crash. Family members tell KY3 that Luna is a student-teacher in the Logan-Rogersville School District.

Troopers responded to the crash Friday just before 8 a.m. on State Highway 125, located between Strafford and Rogersville. Investigators say another driver of a vehicle tried to pass a FedEx truck on a double-yellow line.

MSHP says the southbound driver, Luna, swerved to avoid the car in the wrong lane, then hit the truck. Investigators say the first driver took off from the scene and did not stop after the crash.

Troopers responded to the crash Friday just before 8 a.m. on State Highway 125 between...
Troopers responded to the crash Friday just before 8 a.m. on State Highway 125 between Strafford and Rogersville.(KY3)

“This was a clear case of aggressive driving,” said MSHP Sgt. Michael McClure. “The driver [Luna] did everything she could to avoid the accident.”

The Missouri Highway Patrol released an image of the driver’s car who left the scene of the crash. Investigators are looking for this vehicle with an unknown license plate number.

The Missouri Highway Patrol released an image of the driver’s car who left the scene of the...
The Missouri Highway Patrol released an image of the driver’s car who left the scene of the crash.(KY3)

“Somebody driving a dark-colored Hyundai, smaller SUV, felt the need, for reasons not apparent at this time, to be passing on a Hillcrest. In doing so, [the driver] caused the southbound driver to maneuver the best she could and lose control of the vehicle,” said McClure.

If you have any information on the vehicle that drove away, contact Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 417-895-6868.

Investigators say the driver of the FedEx truck did not suffer any injuries.

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