Sierra Nicole Wood mug shot

A teenager from Barry County has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for an alleged drunken-driving car crash that killed her friend.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says Sierra Nicole Wood, 17, Wheaton, lost control of her 2002 Chevy, ran off the road and flipped the vehicle ejecting 17 year-old Jessica Nicole Pettengill of Fairview on Missouri 76 just west of Cassville about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.


Pettengill was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner about an hour later.



Jessica Nicole Pettengill (family photo)

Pettengill and another passenger in the vehicle, Ronald R. Torrey, 18, were not wearing seat belts according to a Highway Patrol crash report.

Wood was tested at the scene for DWI and taken into custody.

She's been charged with involuntary manslaughter/vehicular/intoxicated and was released from the Barry County jail after posting $15,000 bond.

The investigation into who supplied, or sold alcohol, to Wood is ongoing, according to a police spokesperson. There is no word on whether or not there are any charges pending against anyone else connected with the deadly crash as Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox was out of the office Monday.

Funeral services for Jessica Pettengill will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in the Wheaton School Gymnasium. Burial will be in Rocky Comfort Cemetery, Rocky Comfort, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, at McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton.

A memorial scholarship has been set up to honor Jessica.

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