Wednesday, April 25, 2018



  • Uninjured driver of SUV identified as Mark Rohr, former Joplin city manager
  • We asked why is JPD investigating this crash instead of Missouri State Highway Patrol? "Mr. Rohr is a private citizen who is no longer employed by the city of Joplin."

(64801) -- Official information from the Joplin Police Departmentregarding the motorcycle fatality last night on West 7th and Tri-State Road.

The crash involved a Ninja Motorcycle and a white SUV. Donald Kidwell III of Galena, KS was operating the motorcycle. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries.

The driver of the white SUV was 58 year old, Mark Rohr. Rohr is Joplin's former city manager who left his position with the city in February 2014.

Captain Trevor Duncan tells Joplin News First exclusively, “No evidence of impairment with the driver of the SUV. Mr Rohr is a private citizen who is no longer employed by the city of Joplin”

Tuesday evening, at 8:54pm, the Joplin Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at 7 th and Tri State. A 2016 Dodge Durango, driven by Mark Rohr, 58, Joplin, was turning east from the stop sign at 7th and Tri State Road.

A 2005 Kawasaki Ninja was being operated westbound on 7th by Donald L. Kidwell III, 38, Galena, Kansas. The motorcycle impacted the rear driver’s side of the SUV. Kidwell was ejected from the motorcycle. Kidwell was transported to Mercy Hospital where he died from his injuries. Rohr wasn’t injured in the crash.

The Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team responded and is investigating. This the 5th fatality crash of 2018 for the Joplin Police Department.

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