Branson woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and assault

BRANSON, Mo. -- Daisy Marks has been found guilty of the felonies of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and assault in the second degree.

Evidence presented revealed that Marks recklessly caused a fatal crash in Branson in March of 2016 while driving approximately 35 miles per hour over the speed limit.

"Ms. Marks was driving her Corvette and, according to witnesses at least, crashed into a Subaru that was in the adjacent lane of traffic and forced that Subaru into the oncoming traffic, which resulted in a fatality crash," Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell said.

As a result, a 3-year-old was killed and her grandmother suffered permanent and serious injuries.

Marks had been driving eastbound on Gretna Road, east of Roark Valley, where the posted speed limit is 40 miles per hour. The crash happened in the afternoon.

Merrell says there were no signs of substance abuse. He says while the judge's verdict can come with serious consequences, nothing can replace what the family has lost.

"While we do what we can to make sure that people who have broken the law have consequences for their actions, nothing we do accomplishes the impossible, which is to make that family whole again," Merrell said.

Marks could face up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, or one year in the county jail, or a fine of up to $5,000, or a combination of fine and imprisonment.