According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Zachary T. Richey was driving a Ford Escape west on County Road 229 about six miles northwest of Union Star at 5:36 p.m. Thursday. Richey failed to stop at a posted stop sign and hit a tractor-trailer traveling north on Route M. Both vehicles came to rest on Route M and caught fire.
Richey was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:18 p.m.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 31-year-old Robert D. Hill of Platte City was not injured.
According to the crash report, Richey was wearing a seat belt.