Young Women Reminded of Their Close Call

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OAK GROVE, Mo. -- Nineteen-year-old Brian Beebe of Oak Grove faces involuntary manslaughter charges after a weekend crash in Lafayette County that killed a friend of his.

Authorities say Beebe crashed his jeep after a night of drinking, then got scared and left behind his two passengers, Christen Kanter and Cody Turner. Turner was airlifted to the hospital where he later died.

Court records say Beebe told troopers he thought his friends were dead, so he panicked and ran off.

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It's a familiar story to two girls.

On October 9, 2011, police say Beebe was driving with four female teenage passengers  in the car when a Sweet Springs police officer pulled him over.

"He started to freak out," said Hasting. "We just said calm down and he was saying how he was going to go!"

Brittany Hasting and Ashton Reynolds were two of the four teenaged girls in the car. They couldn't convince Beebe to stay, and when the Sweet Springs officer walked back to his patrol car, Beebe sped off.

"We were screaming at him, telling him to stop," said Reynolds.

The girls say they continued screaming but Beebe just punched the gas pedal, reaching about 100 mph. The officer chased him, but had to stop when he came to the Pettis County line.

"I knew as soon as we made that first curve we probably wasn't going to make another one," Hasting said.

Beebe lost control, spun out and crashed into a telephone pole.

"I just braced myself," she said.

The officer rolled up on the accident just moments after it happened, but Beebe had already run off.

"I remember him pushing me out of the way because he crawled over my seat because he couldn't get his door open," Hasting said.

The charges against Beebe in Lafayette County include involuntary manslaughter, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He could be sentenced to about 20 years in jail. He may also still face charges in Pettis County for the crash in October.



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