Heavenly Hafford, 13, killed in pedestrian collision with alleged hit-and-run driver Randel Sparks, 42, at PP Highway and Maud Street in Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Modified Date: 
Sun, 12/03/2017 - 2:18pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Poplar Bluff man arrested in hit and run that killed teenager

Poplar Bluff man arrested in hit and run that killed teenager Posted: Updated: A teenager was killed after being hit by a car in Poplar Bluff Wednesday evening. The Poplar Bluff Police Department was called to the intersection of PP Highway and Maud Street around 7:15 p.m. Officers found the Volkswagen and arrested the owner, 42-year-old Randel Sparks of Poplar Bluff. Police say a 13-year-old had been hit by a light blue Volkswagen Beetle and that the car had left the scene of the accident. The teenager died from his injuries.

Police find truck suspected in deadly Poplar Bluff hit and run

Police have located a second vehicle believed to be involved in a hit and run that killed a 13-year-old Poplar Bluff girl on Dec. 9. Poplar Bluff police say a black F-150 truck involved in the hit and run is being processed for physical evidence. The recovered evidence will be sent to the Missouri Highway Patrol’s crime lab for forensic examination. Heavenly Hafford, 13, died after she was hit by a car and then a truck.  

Fatal hit-and-run case in Poplar Bluff remains in limbo

A grand jury was called about 3 1/2 months ago to consider whether the second suspected driver should be charged in connection with Heavenly Grace Hafford's death. But there is no indication it has met or when it will.

Poplar Bluff man turns himself in after being charged in fatal hit-and-run

The arrest comes 6 1/2 months after a grand jury was called to consider whether Ressel should be charged in connection with her death.

Man gets four years in fatal hit-and-run in Poplar Bluff

A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man will spend the next four years in prison for his role in the December 2015 hit-and-run accident that killed a local teenager, Heavenly Grace Hafford. 

Hit and Run
People Involved: 
Randel Sparks
Heavenly Hafford
Ben Ressel


It was a girl. Get your facts straight.

Thank you for letting us know that the victim was a young girl, Anonymous. Our initial source reported that the person who had been struck was a boy. After I read your comment, I researched and found a second source that confirms the girl's identity. I also added her name. As a news aggregator, Accident Data Center relies on our sources to be accurate, and this is unfortunately not possible 100% of the time. In instances like these, we're grateful for input from witnesses or people close to the accident. Thanks again for the information.  Jane Lindelof, ADC staff

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