BLOOMFIELD -- Authorities have identified the driver involved in an accident that claimed the lives of two Stoddard County residents Friday night.
A four-day investigation of the accident in Stoddard County resulted in the arrest of Tonya R. Boner, 28, of Dexter, who was identified as the driver of the 1996 Chevrolet during the two-vehicle crash, said Sgt. Larry Plunkett of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. Friday on Route E, 1.5 miles east of Bloomfield when a car driven by Boner heading west in the eastbound lane struck a vehicle driven by Bobby Reynolds, 27, of Dexter.
During the initial accident, officers were led to believe the driver of the 1996 Chevrolet was a male who had fled the scene following the accident. After further investigation, officials discovered that Boner, who was listed as a passenger of the 1996 Chevrolet, was indeed the driver of the vehicle, Plunkett said.
Two of the passengers in the vehicle driven by Boner, Diana Holderfield, 33, of Bloomfield, and Kenneth Sitz, 55, of Essex, were pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Morgan Sifford.
Also injured in the accident was a passenger in Reynold's car: Derek Barnes, 14, of Essex, who was taken by ambulance to Missouri Southern Healthcare for his moderate injuries.
Boner was arrested for probable cause of vehicle manslaughter, vehicle assault, felony probation, fleeing and interfering with a felony arrest and various traffic charges associated with the accident.
The investigation was conducted with the collective effort by the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Crash Investigation Unit, the Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Local Zone.