Macon driver killed, three Shelby County natives injured in July 4 crash

Posted: Jul. 5, 2013 9:55 am Updated: Jul. 26, 2013 12:15 pm


MACON, Mo. -- A Macon woman was killed and three Shelby County residents were injured in a two-car accident at 4:15 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 36 at Kellogg Avenue in Macon.

Kathleen M. Gentner, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5 p.m. by Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes. The Hutton-McElwain Funeral Home in Macon is handling initial arrangements.

Injured were Bethany F. Dodd, 18, and passengers Sara E. Hatfield, 25, and her son, Wyatt Hatfield, 5, both of Shelbina. Dodd and Sara Hatfield were taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon, and the child was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Gentner was driving north in 2008 Nissan Altima when she tried to cross U.S. 36 and was struck in the driver side by an eastbound 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Dodd.

Assisting were the Macon County Rescue, Ambulance and Rural Fire, as well as the Macon Police Department.

It was the eighth traffic fatality this year in the 16-county area of the State Highway Patrol's Troop B.