Two seriously injured, one charged in Tuesday crash
Two Gainesville men were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, on Highway 5, about one mile southeast of Pontiac. One of the two drivers, 62-year-old Gregory R. McGee, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving in connection with the crash.
McGee was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, by ground ambulance.
The other driver, Joshua A. Randolph, 31, of Gainesville, was transported by air ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Randolph's mother, Brenda Miller, and stepfather, Dave Miller, posted an update Wednesday morning updating friends and family members on his condition.
"Josh is having the first of many surgeries to come, but he seems stable and strong enough for surgery. Praise God he is alive. He is also asking for prayers for the guy in the other car. Thanks doesn't seem good enough for the love and prayers we have received and God's grace is still amazing…"
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, Randolph was traveling northbound in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala on Highway 5 when McGee, driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup southbound, crossed the centerline and entered Randolph's lane. Randolph hit McGee's vehicle in the side, the report says.
Neither Randolph or McGee were wearing seatbelts, according to the MSHP crash report.
The MSHP online arrest reports say McGee was cited for the two charges at 6:36 p.m. and was released for medical treatment.
The crash was investigated by MSHP Sgt. L. S. Elliott.