A Liberty woman has been charged with 10 felony counts for the death of three people and seriously injuring several others last May.
Rachel L. Rose, 31, has been charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts of assault in the second degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Ray County Prosecutors filed the charges on Monday after Rose was picked up by the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. Rose is being held in the Ray County Jail on a $30,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed.
The accident occurred about 3 p.m. on Saturday May 3, 2008 on Norris Road about a half mile east of Elkhorn Road.
According to the probable cause statement, Rose was driving a 1998 Chevy mini-van carrying 12 people, including the driver, in a vehicle that is designed to carry seven. The report says that none of the 12 occupants were wearing a safety belt. Furthermore, the report says that the three lives that were lost could have possibly been saved because the inside of the van was intact.
The report says an investigation of the crash has concluded the van was traveling at 74 miles per hour on the gravel road.
The report says that medical records obtained from Research Medical Center indicate that Rose’s blood contained both alcohol and drugs, although the report does not say what kind of drugs.
In a Daily News story last May it was reported that three Ray County Ambulances responded to the scene along with 14 crew members and the assistance from neighboring Lawson.
Ray County 911 Dispatch along with the Ray County Ambulance District received a recognition award for their handling of the scene. 911 Director Scott Enss once described the scene as “absolute chaos.”
The accident happened during last year’s Mushroom Festival. Emergency responders said in the story that extra staffing was in place, allowing for more emergency responders to be available.
Photo: Rachel Rose