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Joplin, MO - Terry and Rhonda Copple Killed by DUI Driver on 28th St

Jan 4, 2021

Joplin, MO (January 04, 2021) - Two people were killed and another in police custody after a major car crash on Sunday, January 3rd in Joplin.

At about 3:55 p.m., officers from the Joplin Police Department responded to a car accident on 28th Street near the Connecticut Avenue intersection.

Reports state that a Ford SUV heading northbound along Connecticut Avenue was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck that was speeding westbound down 28th Street when the pick-up neglected to come to a stop at the stop sign at 28th Street and Connecticut Avenue, causing it to collide with the Ford.

Both occupants of the Ford, 55-year-old Terry Copple, and 48-year-old Rhonda Copple, both residents of Joplin, died from crash-related injuries.

The driver of the Silverado, 30-year-old Rita M. Glasgow, a resident of Joplin, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injures but has since been remanded into the custody of the Joplin Police Department.

Investigators were able to determine that Glasgow, who was driving a stolen vehicle, was also under the influence, and had drugs and drug paraphernalia in her possession.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victims, Mr. and Mrs. Terry and Rhonda Copple, at this time.

Fatal Car Accidents in Joplin


Nationwide laws pertaining to drunk driving make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level at or above 0.08%. Those who are under 21 are held to zero-tolerance laws making it against the law to drive with any calculable amount of alcohol in their system. These laws exist in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

In spite of these safety-minded, well-intentioned laws, approximately 34% of all car accidents in the United States involves a driver who is under the influence.

When victims are killed in collisions, they often leave behind friends and family that are devastated. In some cases, families can reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Missouri to get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Working with a skilled and knowledgeable legal team can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to move forward after experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Our team at Peterson & Associates P.C. will help you to understand the legal options available to you in the aftermath of a car accident. Our car accident attorneys in Kansas City strive to help our clients maximize their recoveries so they can get the medical treatment they need without worry. Not only is it crucial that families are able to get full and fair compensation after losing loved ones in accidents caused by negligent drivers, but we are committed to helping them gain peace of mind in knowing they can move forward and overcome the challenges they face.

If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident, and you would like to explore legal options available to you, contact our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at (816) 298-8708 as soon as possible to schedule a free case of evaluation to see how we can help you.

Note: Our team of writers utilized secondary sources in the creation of this accident post. For that reason, the specifics regarding this accident have not been independently fact-checked and verified by our writing staff. If you locate any information that is not accurate, please notify us immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed from our site, please let us know and we will do our best to remove it completely.

Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the Kansas City, Missouri business community, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is always looking to increase the safety of and bring overall safety for all Missouri residents. We hope that by bringing awareness to the dangers associated with driving that people will exercise additional caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being injured in a serious crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. This post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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