19-year-old from Liberty killed inside bar after vehicle crashes - KCTV5 News

19-year-old from Liberty killed inside bar after vehicle crashes into building

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Morgan McCoy. (Via Facebook) Morgan McCoy. (Via Facebook)

A 19-year-old college student from Liberty, Missouri was killed in a bar on Sunday when a vehicle hit the front of the building and injured her.

The incident happened around 12:40 a.m. at The Palms in Maryville, Missouri. 

When officers arrived at the scene following a 911 call, they found that a vehicle had hit the front of the bar at 422 North Buchanan St. and injured a woman inside. 

The victim, Morgan McCoy, was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and died there due to her injuries. 

Police arrested the 21-year-old driver of the vehicle that crashed into the bar and determined that his blood alcohol level of 0.207 was more than twice the legal limit.

He is being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

The investigation is ongoing. 

McCoy was a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University. She was an elementary education major, a student employee with the School of Education, and a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. 

"The University is encouraging students in need of counseling assistance outside of regular business hours at Wellness Services to contact University Police at 660.562.1254," a statement from the university said. "Faculty and staff should call the University employee assistance program at 800.964.3577. A county counseling support line also is available to all members of the Northwest community at 888.279.8188."

According to Maryville city law, it is legal for people who are 19 years old or older to be inside bars.

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