Recovering survivors of fatal hit and run crash seek driver who hit them

JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. - The survivors of a hit and run crash that killed two people Sunday are asking for help to find who did it.

The incident happened on eastbound 50 Highway, just east of County Road NW 375, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol in rural Johnson County, Mo.

Four people were traveling in a 1997 Mercury when a vehicle hit the back of the car, flipping it into a tree on the side of the road, according to police reports.

The driver of the Mercury, 53-year-old Ronald Harvey of Green Ridge, Mo., and passenger Vickie Brandkamp, 54, of Green Ridge, Mo., were killed.

Two other passengers, Kelly Neth and Keith Roth, both 47 and from Green Ridge, Mo., suffered serious injuries.

Inside Research Medical Center on Monday, Neth spoke with 41 Action News just after being moved from the intensive care unit.

"I remember the impact of being slid forward and hitting the tree," she said from her hospital bed while wearing a neck brace. "I've got a lacerated spleen, a bone in my neck is fractured and a bone in my pelvis is fractured."

Roth is recovering at Centerpoint Hospital and is in good condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. 

Neth said she is desperate to find out who hit them.

"It means everything to try to find this guy who did this because they left some people with family, with grandbabies. The grandbabies were living with them [Harvey and Brandkamp]. I don't know where they are going to go. It means a lot."

There is no information on the vehicle that allegedly caused the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 814-474-TIPS.

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