Kearney boy and his father injured in wrong-way, head-on crash on I-35
LIBERTY, Mo. — A Kearney boy was hurt in an overnight crash involving a wrong-way driver on I-35.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says early Sunday at about 12:10 a.m., Madison Mortallaro, 20, was driving her 2009 Hyundai southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35, near MO-291 in Liberty. Her vehicle crashed head-on into a 2007 Mitsubishi, driven by Joshua West, 36.
Mortallaro was not seriously hurt, but 8-year-old Nathaniel West and his father were initially listed as ‘seriously hurt’ on the crash report. The 8-year-old has since been upgraded to ‘good condition’ but was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital where he was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit. His father is still at Liberty Hospital in ‘fair condition.’ Doctors say the dad may need to undergo surgery.
Mortallaro of Smithville could be charged in the coming days for driving the wrong way on I-35.
According to the GoFundMe account set up to help with Nathaniel’s and Joshua’s medical bills, ‘Nathaniel has brain swelling and other serious injuries, Josh has serious physical injuries that will keep him from working for quite some time as he hopefully fully recovers.’