Woman from Billings, Mo. killed in a motorcycle crash on I-44

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 5:15 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 8:20 PM CDT
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MT. VERNON, Mo. (KY3) -The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Tiffanie Keithley, 30, of Billings was killed in a motorcycle crash on I-44.

Troopers say Keithley’s motorcycle ran off the interstate and hit a median cable around mile marker 46 near Mt. Vernon.

Emergency crews responded to the crash just around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, but Sgt. Mike McClure says troopers don’t know exactly when the crash happened.

”The crash scene itself was concealed in high vegetation, tall grass, so we just don’t know how long that crash scene had existed prior to it being discovered,” Sgt. McClure says.

Sgt. McClure says the cause of the crash is unclear, as well as the exact day and time it happened. Sgt. McClure says when the troopers arrived at the location, two family members also showed up.

“Family members that had used the feature on the iPhone called ‘Find My iPhone’ and it had tracked to the rider of the motorcycles cell phone which was discovered close by her,” Sgt. McClure says.

Sgt. McClure says that’s a useful feature that people should consider using when traveling alone.

“It does a very good job of tracking, for the most part, down to a fairly small location as it updates,” Sgt. McClure says.

Keithley’s family had reported her missing on September 5, last seen in Lawrence County. Sgt. McClure says Keithley was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Because of the new helmet law, Sgt. McClure says Keithley, being 30-years-old, could ride without one.

“We are seeing an increase in those fatalities where helmet is not being worn and that’s more than likely going to continue if people choose not to wear the helmet because that choice is now theirs,” Sgt. McClure says.

Sgt. McClure says in cases of unwitnessed crashes, it can be several days, or even weeks before the crash site and victims are found. That’s why sharing your location can be crucial.

“It’s important just to let family members know where you’re at, routes that you’re traveling,” Sgt. McClure says. “If it’s just for a night out, it’s a good idea to let somebody know where you’re gonna be and maybe the route of travel that you’re gonna take.”

Sgt. McClure says the investigation is closed. Sgt. McClure says it’s up to the family if an autopsy is done, which would determine the exact date and time of death.

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