Arrest made in fatal crash

Staff reports

A 22-year-old Carthage man has been arrested and charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter for his alleged involvement in an accident that claimed the lives of three Carthage residents and injured three more.

It was determined by the Carthage Police Department that during the 45 minutes prior to the accident at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, that a vehicle driven by Wayne McAfee, 19, was being chased by a vehicle driven by James Myers. The chase took place in Carthage and in areas just outside of the city limits. A verbal altercation took place on a convenience store parking lot that precipitated the chase.

Myers was arrested and three charges of involuntary manslaughter have been filed against him. A bond of $15,000 has been set. Myers is still being held in custody on those charges.

Pronounced dead at the scene were McAfee, 19, the driver of the vehicle, 3-year-old Jasmen Schlecter and 4-month-old Neil Wayne McAfee. None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing a seatbelt.

Injured were Sheala D. Wright, 23, of Carthage, Aaron Taylor, 17, also of Carthage, and Timothy Maggard, 22, of Carthage. Taylor was treated and released later in the evening. Maggard and Wright are still in the hospital and are listed in stable condition.

The Missouri Highway Patrol Crash Team helped investigate the incident. It was determined that the vehicle, a 1989 Ford Bronco, went off the road at 600 Civil War Road and subsequently rolled several times, ejecting everyone in the vehicle.

Autopsies for the three deceased are scheduled for later this week.

A press conference was scheduled for noon today at Carthage City Hall.

Carthage Press