Tragedy strikes as 4 young adults from Trenton die in fatal Highway 190 crash

Fatal Crash

A single vehicle accident Tuesday, north of Jamesport, has claimed the lives of four young adults from Trenton, three of them are siblings.

The highway patrol listed the accident location as one half mile west of the Daviess – Grundy County line on Highway 190.

The report notes none of the occupants was using a safety device and also indicates seven hours passed between when the accident happened and when bodies were found.

The victims are the driver, 20-year-old Trey Shaw, as well as passengers: 18-year-old Malachi Knapp, 19-year-old Matheson Knapp, and 31-year-old Micah Knapp

The highway patrol reported a sports utility vehicle, a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo, was eastbound on Highway 190 when it traveled partially off the south side of the road. The driver over-corrected causing the vehicle to return to the road, skid, and began to travel off the north side. The vehicle then traveled parallel to the road, down an embankment, became airborne, and struck a ditch.

The Patrol reports the vehicle was difficult to see from the roadway and that the accident wasn’t discovered until several hours after when it’s believed to have occurred.  The report shows the accident happened at 1:40 Tuesday afternoon.

The occupants were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:50 last night by Daviess County Coroner David McWilliams.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, Grundy County Rural Fire Protection, Grundy County Emergency Medical Services, Jamesport Fire and Rescue and several first responders.

A Facebook posting from late afternoon involved a photo of the three boys described as missing since being seen in Jamesport about 1 o’clock. It also noted phone calls to their cell phones went to voice messaging.  Another posting had stated a search of the Jamesport area was being conducted last evening.

The highway patrol report said the body of Trey Shaw was transported by the coroner to Frontier Forensics in Kansas City, Kansas where an autopsy is to be conducted.  The other three were released last night to Slater Funeral Home in Trenton.

The four young people are the first traffic fatalities of this year for Daviess County.