Patrol investigation ‘ongoing’ into crash on U.S. 50; 3 hurt

By: 
Dave Marner
Managing Editor

An investigation into a head-on crash which injured an Owensville man and his daughter, and the driver who caused it, is “ongoing,” according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper who worked the April 21 incident near Rosebud.

Jimmy D. Scowden, 45, Bland, was not the owner of the 1991 Ford F-150 which crossed the centerline and struck the GMC Sierra Duane J. Wright, 48, was driving with his daughter, 18-year-old Julia A. Wright, as his passenger. Wright has since been released from Mercy Hospital St. Louis where he was being treated for serious injuries. His daughter was treated and released from Mercy Washington following the Sunday afternoon crash.

Scowden remains hospitalized as of Tuesday evening at Mercy St. Louis in “satisfactory condition,” according to a hospital spokeswoman. He has been moved to a surgical step-down unit after being listed a week ago in “serious condition.”  

He was airlifted from the scene with critical injuries.

“This investigation is still ongoing,” said Trooper Caty Newbold. “This will be a long investigation (due to the nature of his serious injuries).”

Scowden’s driver’s license is currently revoked, Newbold said.

“The investigation is ongoing until we get to the bottom of what caused it,” said Newbold. She said it had not been clarified as of last week if the owner of the truck had insurance coverage for the vehicle.

According to court records, Scowden has multiple convictions for moving violations including a Jan. 9, 2019, guilty plea in Camden County to the class E felony charge of driving while revoked. He was sentenced in that case to four years in prison and served a 15-day shock incarceration in the Camden County jail starting on Feb. 4.

He was given a 5-year term of supervised probation in that case.

In April 2014 he pleaded guilty in Gasconade County to driving while intoxicated as  a “persistent offender” and received a suspended execution of sentence on a 4-year prison term and given five years of supervised probation. Court records show his convictions include numerous drug and alcohol offenses.