The highway patrol said three drownings also occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said nine people have died in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The highway patrol’s preliminary report states troopers investigated 404 traffic crashes that included 166 injuries. Troopers arrested 94 people for driving while intoxicated and made 63 drug-related arrests during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, which started 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 1, the MSHP said in a release on Monday.
One person died in a traffic crash Nov. 28 on Missouri Highway 21 north of Castle Ranch Road in Jefferson County. The 54-year-old died when the vehicle he was driving began to spin on wet pavement as it traveled up an incline, the MSHP said. The vehicle spun clockwise and traveled off the right side of the road and went down an embankment and then struck a tree. The MSHP said Valley Ambulance EMS personnel pronounced the 54-year-old from Catawissa dead at the scene. The MSHP reports the man was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Three people died in traffic crashes on Nov. 29.
The MSHP said a 54-year-old, of Marthasville, and a 63-year-old, of Obetz, Ohio, died when their vehicle skidded across the center line and impacted a second vehicle on Missouri Route D at Lake 27 on the August A. Busch Wildlife Conservation Area in St. Charles. The MSHP said the second vehicle came to rest in a ditch, and the driver sustained serious injuries in the crash. Dr. Brian Ullery pronounced the 54-year-old dead at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. J. Mahlick pronounced the 63-year-old dead at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon. All three people were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, the MSHP said.
A third person died on Nov. 29 when another vehicle traveled across the center line on Missouri Route B, north of Janssen’s Lake Drive in Jefferson County, and struck the vehicle an 88-year-old man, of Dittmer, was driving. The MSHP said the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the 88-year-old’s and a passenger in the 88-year-old’s vehicle sustained serious injuries. Big River Ambulance personnel pronounced the 88-year-old dead at the scene. The 88-year-old and his passenger were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt, the MSHP said.
Four people died in traffic crashes on Nov. 30.
The MSHP said a 28-year-old, of Potosi, died when the vehicle she was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree on Missouri Route M west of Trail Tree Farm Road in Washington County. Washington County Deputy Coroner Steve Hatfield pronounced the 28-year-old dead at the scene. The 28-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the MSHP said.
A second person died on Nov. 30, who was 19. The 19-year-old died when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on a wet roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, the MSHP said. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a ditch on Missouri Route N west of Saverton in Ralls County. Acting Ralls County Coroner Sgt. Shawn Lenard pronounced the 19-year-old dead at the scene. The MSHP reported that the 19-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The third traffic crash-related death on Nov. 30 happened when a 42-year-old, of Jennings, died when the vehicle he was driving struck a concrete pole and light stand on Hall Street in St. Louis, the MSHP said. Paramedic John Palinsky pronounced the 42-year-old dead at the scene. The St. Louis City Police Department investigated the crash, the MSHP said.
A 51-year-old died in a traffic crash in Joplin, which was the fourth death recorded on Nov. 30. The 51-year-old died in a traffic crash on Missouri Route FF, the MSHP said. The Joplin Police Department is currently investigating the crash.
One person died in a traffic crash on Dec. 1.
The MSHP said a 56-year-old, of Springfield, died when he was struck by a vehicle while he was standing in the roadway on Missouri Highway 413 west of Springfield in Greene County. Medical Examiner Noah Cross pronounced the 56-year-old dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the MSHP said.
The MSHP said that three people also drowned on Nov. 30.
Two juvenile males died when the vehicle in which they were passengers traveled into a flooded crossing, the MSHP said. The vehicle was swept away with all occupants entering the water on County Road 356 southeast of Patton at Little White Water Creek Crossing in Bollinger County. The MSHP said the driver sustained moderate injuries, and a third juvenile occupant in a child restraint sustained serious injuries. Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings pronounced both adolescent males dead at the scene. The MSHP said it is unknown if the two juvenile males and the driver were using safety devices.
The third drowning happened after a 48-year-old, of Mandeville, Louisiana, drove his vehicle into a flooded crossing, and the vehicle was swept downstream, the MSHP said. The incident occurred on County Road 234 one mile from Sedgewickville in Bollinger County. Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings pronounced the 48-year-old dead at the scene. The MSHP said the 48-year-old was wearing a seat belt.
The MSHP said there were no boating crashes, no boating fatalities and no boating while intoxicated arrests during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.
The fatalities released by the MSHP could change if late deaths occur or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after the highway patrol’s release on Monday.
During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers investigated 543 traffic crashes, which included 11 fatalities and 140 injuries.
Statewide 13 people died and 498 people were injured in 1,640 traffic crashes over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. MSHP troopers arrested 86 people for driving while intoxicated and made 67 drug arrests during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.