Nov 20, 2023

Missouri man ejected in crash dies after struck by semi

Posted Nov 20, 2023 11:00 AM

SALINE COUNTY—A Missouri man died in an accident just before 7p.m. Sunday in Saline County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol 2008 Ford F250 driven by Michael P.  Stephenson, 19, Platte City, was westbound on Interstate 70 at Route YY.

The pickup traveled off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail. After impact the driver was ejected and landed in the road. A westbound 2024 Freightliner semi driven by Brandon J. Lathrop, 22, Oro Valley, Arizona, struck the man in the road.

Stephenson was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Saline County Coroner's office. Lathrop was not injured. Stephenson was not wearing a seat belt, according to the MSHP.