Two unrelated car accidents that both occurred in the Callaway area at nearly the same time have resulted in two dead.
Thursday evening around 8:00 pm, a driver of a tow truck pulled out of the parking lot of a restaurant onto Tyndall Parkway and accidentally struck a bicyclist.
The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
At about 8:30 pm, a vehicle struck a pedestrian in the 5300 block of Highway 22. According to witnesses, the vehicle attempted to pass another vehicle on the right side, leaving the roadway and hitting a pedestrian. It is believed the vehicle was traveling 45 to 50 miles per hour at the time of the incident. The vehicle then fled the scene.
The victim was identified as 62 year old Allen Cox. An off-duty firefighter in a nearby tattoo parlor rendered first aid to the man until paramedics arrived. Cox was rushed to a local hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.
Witnesses say Cox lived at the Callaway Mobile Home Park and frequently walks along Highway 22.
Witnesses also stated the vehicle involved in the accident was a red Ford Ranger. An antenna was found at the scene of the incident.
BCSO, Callaway deputies and investigators were able to develop Kenneth Bennett and Johnathon Griffin as suspects through the statement of witnesses and by canvassing certain businesses in the area, speaking with employees.
When they went to Bennett’s residence at 4901 S. Lakewood Drive in Parker, they found a car that matched the description of the car at the accident. The antenna was missing from the car and matched the one found at the scene. Also, clothing of the victim was found embedded in the front of the Ford Ranger owned by Bennett.
Bennett was arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide, leaving the scene involving death.
Also arrested was Johnathon Griffin, of Springfield. Griffin was charged with Accessory after the Fact Vehicular Homicide.
It is believed that Griffin was the passenger in the truck when the victim was hit and that both Bennett and Griffin schemed to keep the incident a secret.