Two Men Die in Two Unrelated Car Accidents

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.


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  • by Debbie Location: Callaway on Apr 28, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    Roberta our sympathy goes out to you and your family. I was praying they would catch the hit and run driver. My prayer worked!!! I am hoping that maybe there can be a trust fund set up for your father in law to have a proper burial in MO.
  • by Roberta Location: Springfield MO on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
    The man killed by the 2 men is my father in law. Words are soo hard at this time! Our whole family is crushed. We just want to bring him home to give him a proper burial but don't know how due to the cost to get him her. I will pray and pray for the men who hit him......
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      by misty on Apr 28, 2012 at 07:32 AM in reply to Roberta
      my heart and prayers go out to your family im sorry for your lose even tho one of the men was my brother i hope they get what they deserve :(
  • by Roberta Location: Springfield MO on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    The man killed by 2 men is my father- inlaw. This is so Tragic. Our family is devastated. Allen Cox was a very loving and caring man and would never harm anyone. His grandkids are crushed. We hold the memory of him close to our hearts..."
  • by Courtney Location: PC on Apr 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    I belive the man's name is Joseph who sits at 22 and Star...This happened on the mill side of HWY22....Sad Story to read.
  • by Jeff Location: Panama City on Apr 27, 2012 at 08:24 AM
    Keep him locked up. Don't ever let him out of jail. Be sure he gets life in prison. No escuse for driving like he did.
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      by misty on Apr 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM in reply to Jeff
      i hope they both stay in jail my brother was the passenger i think he deserves some time in jail my heart goes out to the mans family
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        by Roberta on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:09 PM in reply to misty
        I will pray for your brother.... The man they hit is my father in law. Our family is all in Missouri and our devastated. His grandchildren are crushed.
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        by Donna on Apr 29, 2012 at 09:12 AM in reply to misty
        Misty just pray your brother grows up and stops hanging out with losers. Maybe a few years in prison will teach him a lesson. As for the driver of the truck, I hope the judge gives him life in prison for being drunk and running over and killing an innocent father/grandfather.
  • by Kelly Location: youngstown on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    I sure hope it was not the man that always sits at the corner of star and 22 i thing he lives at that nursing home near by he just sits and watches the cars go by we have waved at him many times a friend of mine said her grandchild wanted to stop and give him a bag of chips so they did he never hurt any thing and will miss his presense if that was who it was god bless any family
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      by Roberta on Apr 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM in reply to Kelly
      Kelly that sounds soo like our father but he didn't live in the nursing home.... Thanks for your support. We are devastated.
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