Female struck by car; Fatal crash investigation along MO-171

JOPLIN, Mo. — Early Thursday, December 8, at 6:13 a.m. area first-responders were alerted to a fatal traffic crash involving a female pedestrian near MO-171 and Swede Lane in the eastbound lanes.

Capt William Davis updates information on a media release, “She has been identified as Cheyanne Funk, age 22 of Joplin. Next of kin has been notified. The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision was not injured. Members of the Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team are actively investigating the crash.”


Cpl Sean Higgins of the Joplin Police Dept tells KOAM’s Shannon Becker the adult female was pronounced deceased on the scene. “She was attempting to cross the highway.”

JPD Sgt Jared Delzell says their Major Crash Team is investigating.

The driver was not impaired. The driver was not arrested.

Press Release- Fatality Crash 12-08-22

Numerous agencies responded to the scene including MoDOT Emergency Response, Joplin Fire Dept, Joplin Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jasper County Deputies, Webb City Fire, Webb City Police.

Traffic is being affected by MO-171 lane closures:

  • MO-171 East of Stone’s Corner Roundabout
  • MO-171 West of St. Louis/Prairieflower Road

We will update more information here as we continue to follow this breaking news story.



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