2 killed in Hwy. 60 wreck
Monett man, Exeter woman on motorcycle hit near Granby
Two people died Saturday in a wreck involving an alleged intoxicated driver at 6:15 p.m. on Highway 60 at Route M, four miles east of Granby.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Kelly Utter, 43, of Monett, was driving a 2004 Honda motorcycle eastbound when a 2017 Nissan Altima, being driven by Victor Arias-Alanis, 19, of Nixa, attempted to make a left turn from Highway 60 to Route M, turning in front of Utter's motorcycle. Utter's vehicle drove into the side of the Nissan, ejecting Utter and a passenger on the bike, Robin Henson, 49, of Exeter.
Utter and Henson were pronounced dead at the scene by Newton County Coroner Dale Owen at 7:25 p.m. Arias-Alanis was not injured.
All involved were wearing safety devices. The Honda was totaled, and the Nissan sustained extensive damage.
Arias-Alanis was arrested at 7:40 p.m. on six charges, including: driving while intoxicated (drugs) resulting in the death of two or more, failure to yield to vehicle coming from opposite direction when turning left, driving while suspended, no insurance, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Newton County jail.
These are the 53rd and 54th fatalities of 2018, and 5th and 6th in June, for Troop D of the Patrol, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri, including Lawrence and Barry.