City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201


October 31, 2019

CONTACT: Jeff Pitts
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia

Correction: Columbia Police investigate serious injury crash on Paris Road near Highway 63 on Oct. 30


Correction: The correct age of Driver 2 - Jamey E. Sheppard is 42. The initial release incorrectly stated he was 32.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at approximately 6:20 p.m.

Location: Paris Road at the southbound entrance ramp to Highway 63

Vehicle & Driver Info:

Vehicle 1 - Black Ford F250

Driver 1 -  Travis W. Mechlin, (male) 30, Columbia, Missouri, Seat belt - undetermined, Minor injuries

Passenger 1 -  Kevin D. Clark, (male) 23, Dixon, Missouri, Seat belt - undetermined, Moderate injuries

Vehicle 2 - White Ford Escape

Driver 2 - Jamey E. Sheppard, (male) 42, Columbia, Missouri, Seat belt - undetermined, Life-threatening injuries

Incident Details:

Vehicle 1 was traveling south on Paris Road. Vehicle 2 was traveling north on Paris Road. Vehicle 1 was attempting to make a left hand turn onto southbound Highway 63.  Vehicle 1 and Vehicle 2 were then involved in a head-on angle collision. Alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash. There is no further information as this investigation is ongoing.

Additional Information:

As a result of the preliminary investigation and after being released from the hospital, Travis W. Mechlin (Driver 1) was charged with Driving While Intoxicated - Serious Physical Injury.

Case number: 2019-011474

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