Drunk Driving Suspected in Highway 63 Crash
COLUMBIA - Officers responded to a crash at just after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning at US Highway 63 near Interstate 70.
Both south-bound lanes of US 63 were shut down, as well as one south-bound lane of traffic.
Two wreckers were called for the two vehicles involved, and the lanes of traffic were re-opened just before 5:30 a.m.
The first vehicle was a white 2005 Hyundai Tiburon, with heavy front end damage. The second vehicle was a white 2005 Oldsmobile Alero, also with heavy front end damage.
This crash involves a wrong way driver traveling north-bound in the south-bound lane of Highway 63. The preliminary investigation indicates the Hyundai Tiburon was traveling north in the south-bound lane of Highway 63. The white Oldsmobile Alero was traveling south on Highway
63 in the inside lane of traffic.
There are no known witnesses to the crash. Alcohol impairment is suspected of contributing to the crash.
The case is still under investigation and charges are pending.
The driver of the first vehicle was Devon Ashcraft, age 23, of Columbia. It is unknown at this time if he was wearing his seatbelt.
He is in serious condition at Universtiy Hospital.
The driver of the second vehicle was Lawrence Betts, age 36, of Columbia. It is unknown at this time if he was wearing his seatbelt.
He is in good condition at University Hospital.
There were no passengers in the first vehicle. There was one passenger in the second vehicle, identified as Jessica Stephens, age 29 of Columbia. It is unknown at this time if she was wearing her seatbelt.
She is in serious condition in at University Hospital.