Karena Dawn Smith photo


Authorities are still searching for a Dallas County teenager who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault for a Memorial Day (05-31-10) car crash that killed her boyfriend and injured two other people.

Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek filed those charges against Karena D. Smith on June 29 and authorities believe she has been on the run ever since.

According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges against Smith, her blood alcohol level was allegedly .191 percent, more than double the legal limit, when she veered in front of a pickup truck in Ozark.
Joshua W. Bridges (family photo)

Her boyfriend Joshua W. Bridges, 21, of Fair Grove, was killed in the crash--another passenger in Smith's vehicle, Ashley Pierce, broke her pelvis and had a serious head injury. The driver of the pickup, Shannon Mitchell, broke his wrist.

This is not the only time Smith has eluded authorities. She was charged with DWI in Fair Grove municipal court in June of 2009. According to online court records, Smith failed to appear in court twice as that case worked it's way through the legal system and capius warrants for her arrest were issued each time.

Just 12 days before the fatal car crash Smith pled guilty to the misdemeanor DWI charge. She was placed on two years probation and her drivers license was revoked.

A $25,000 cash-only bond has been issued for the defendant.

The Ozark police department is receiving help from Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, who is offering a reward of up to $1,000 that leads to Smith's arrest.

Smith is described as a 115-pound, 5-foot-2-inch white female with brown hair and brown eyes who has a scar on her abdomen.

She’s believed to be hiding somewhere in southwest Missouri.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477). You can also submit information online at http://tipsubmit.com/.

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