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Kingdon City, Missouri-

Two people from the St. Louis area were killed Saturday on Interstate 70 when their westbound sports car breached the median barrier, went airborne over a second vehicle and collided head-on with a third car, according to the Missouri Highway patrol.

The driver of the eastbound car, also from the St. Louis area, suffered serious injuries.

The patrol identified the deceased as Darrell Burgess, 64, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Beverly J. Burgess, 81, who was pronounced dead at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. She had been taken there by medical helicopter.

The patrol said Darrell Burgess was driving westbound in a 2003 Jaguar XK8 at 10 a.m. when his car went into the median east of Kingdom City, slipped beneath the cable barrier and went airborne. It just missed one eastbound car and then collided head-on with a 1998 Honda Civic driven by Darion Jordan, 24. He was taken by ambulance to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

The black Jaguar was heading westbound when it entered the median, went underneath the median cable barrier and into the eastbound lanes at mile marker 151 near Kingdom City. The report said it went airborne and flew over a Volkswagen Jetta, and struck a silver Honda Civic head-on.

The Volkswagen Jetta was driven by Haotian Li, 25, of Columbia, MO was only hit by debris and was it driven from the scene.

The driver of the Honda, 24-year-old Darion D. Jordan, was transported to University Hospital by ambulance and was in serious condition as of late Saturday morning. Jordan is an MU senior.

All three people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, according to the Highway Patrol report.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice, is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered an injury or loss. Our past results, speak volumes about our talent and our passion, in helping each of our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call The AW Smith Law Firm at 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.

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Lee’s Summit Missouri-

Police confirm it was two teenagers that were killed in the two-car crash Monday afternoon in Lee’s Summit.

The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Courtney Rardin, a recent graduate of Lee’s Summit West High School, and 18-year-old Nathan Giron, a senior at the same school. Both were passengers in a vehicle driven by Collin Carter, 18, also a Senior at Lee’s Summit West High School.

Police say Collin Carter is still in an area hospital in serious condition.

Investigators say Carter was driving north on Pryor Road in a black, 2005 Nissan Sentra. He attempted to pass another vehicle. As he was completing the pass, another vehicle appeared that was traveling south on Pryor Road. Carter attempted to get back to his side of the road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle skidded sideways and was struck broadside by the southbound vehicle.

Nathan Giron was pronounced dead at the scene. Courtney Rardin was taken to an area hospital where he later died. The southbound vehicle was occupied by just the driver. They suffered minor injuries but were also taken to the hospital.

Police said they are months away from any decision on possible charges.

 

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Lee’s Summit Missouri-

According to the police report, two people were killed Monday afternoon on February 1, 2016. The accident occured at 4 p.m. on Southwest Pryor Road,  south of Longview Road. A driver of a northbound vehicle, accompanied by two passengers, lost control after passing a vehicle. It was then broadsided by a southbound, second vehicle in Lee’s Summit.

Emergency crews responded to the crash. According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of a vehicle headed north on Pryor Road, with the two passengers inside, tried to pass another vehicle. As the driver was completing the pass, a vehicle that was traveling south on Pryor appeared. The driver of the northbound vehicle tried to get back into the northbound lanes, but lost control and the vehicle skidded sideways. The southbound vehicle broadsided the out-of-control vehicle.

One of the passengers of the northbound vehicle died at the scene. Emergency crews rushed the driver and the other passenger to a hospital, where the 2nd passenger also died. The driver suffered serious injuries and remains in critical condition.

The driver of the southbound vehicle sustained minor injures and was taken to a hospital. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. The names of the victims were being withheld until family members can be notified.

An experienced wrongful death attorney will advise the families and manage their claims against the big insurance companies. The attorney will protect the family’s interests while they focus on recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on the victim’s and family’s behalf.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice, is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered an injury or loss. Our past results, speak volumes about our talent and our passion, in helping each of our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call The AW Smith Law Firm at 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.

Click here to see some of our most recent Verdicts and Settlements.

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Kirksville, Mo-

A terrible accident occured early on Thursday morning and two Novinger teenagers are seriously injured.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report states, that at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th, Emily Reardon, 20, of Novinger, Missouri, was pulling out of a private drive in a 2005 Ford Escape. In doing so, she pulled into the path of Jeremiah L. Allensworth, 17, of Novenger, Missouri and passengers, Mackenzie M. Goodhart, 17, of Kirksville, Missouri and Zandria C. O’Neal, 8, of Novinger, Missouri.

Jeremiah Allensworth was driving a 2003 Ford Mustang. The report states, the Mustang was travelling southbound on Route O, 5 miles north of Novinger. In an effort to avoid a collision, Allensworth ran off the road, became airborne and overturned. Jeremiah Allensworth and Mackenzie Goodhart were both ejected from the Mustang. Neither were wearing seatbelts, according to the report. O’Neal suffered moderate injuries and was wearing her safety device.

Allensworth and  Zandria O’Neal were rushed to Northeast Regional Medical Center by Adair County Ambulance. Goodhart was life flighted to Columbia’s University of Missouri Hospital by the Air Evac Lifeteam.

 

The accident was investigated by Trooper G. Gaines, 801, and he was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s department, Kirksville Fire Department and the Adair County First Responders.

 

 

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Clinton, Missouri- 

A terrible accident in Henry County kills three and seriously injures two more. The accident occurred shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 24th, 2016.

According to a MSHP report, Ray T. Kegley, 80, of Odessa, Missouri, was travelling northbound on Missouri Highway 13. Mr. Kegley and a passenger, Tammy J. Goff, 52, of Independence, Missouri, attempted to pass a vehicle, on a hill, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report. In the attempt, their 2015 Chevrolet struck a 2000 Pontiac, driven by William Leonard, 20, of Chilohowee, Missouri, in a head-on collision.

William Leonard was killed in the crash, along with his infant daughter, Taylor. The infant’s mother, Katrice L. Decker, 18, also of Chilohowee, Missouri, sustained serious injuries in the crash. She was transported by Air EMS to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, as was Kegley’s passenger, Tammy Goff.

Both drivers, William Leonard, Ray Kegley and Leonard’s infant daughter, Taylor, were killed in the crash. All were pronounced at the scene of the crash by Henry County Coroner, D. Sisk. Their bodies were transported to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

Both vehicles were totaled in the deadly head-on collision.

This was the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s, Troop A’s, fourth fatality crash in 2016 and their fourth, fifth and sixth fatality.

The accident was investigated by TPR J.J. Thompson, 1414, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit Team One including, SGT. G.D. Ward, 1189, and SGT J.M. Toal, 967. They were assisted by CPL. C.S. Kutzner, 462, CPL. B.R. Lange, 918, TPR. M.G. Yendes, 1410, TPR. B.R. Dodson, 1324, TPR. T.A. Baxter, 297, and TPR. J.A. Duvall, 704.

William Leonard, Taylor Leonard, Katrice Decker and their families, may have a claim against Ray Kegley’s insurance company. It is common in most cases that victims can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.

An experienced, serious injury attorney will advise the families and manage their claims against the big insurance companies. The attorney will protect their interests while they focus on recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on the victim’s and family’s behalf.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice, is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered an injury or loss. Our past results, speak volumes about our talent and our passion, in helping each of our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents can happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call The AW Smith Law Firm at 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.

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Update- St. Charles County- Victims identities of this morning’s deadly car crash on Highway 61, have been released.

Jacqueline Faudi, 36, was traveling northbound on Highway 61 when another vehicle lost control and crashed into the back of her car. Both vehicles crossed over the grassy median dividing Highway 61, when Faudi’s sedan was struck again by a southbound SUV.

Jacqueline Faudi, her 6 year old daughter Autumn Faudi and an infant Kaydance Miller were all killed as a result of the crash.

Update- St. Charles County, Missouri-

Reports are surfacing that “black ice” is not being ruled out, as contributing to this morning’s deadly crash on Highway 61 in St. Charles county, just north of Wentzville.

The ages and names of the deceased have not yet been released. A woman, a young girl and an infant, travelling in the same vehicle, were killed in the three car accident. It is being reported that their car was struck from behind, by a car who lost control due to ice, causing their car to cross-over into oncoming, southbound traffic. The sedan was then struck by a southbound SUV.

Highway 61 southbound traffic was closed this morning from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 11:00 a.m.

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A three vehicle crash occured this morning, Thursday January 21, 2016, just before 8:00 a.m. on Highway 61, in St. Charles county.

The Highway 61 crash claimed the lives of a woman, a young girl and an infant. A fourth person suffered moderate injuries.

CPL. Juston Wheetley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop C stated that the crash occurred when two vehicles travelling north on Highway 61 struck each other. Both vehicles spun out of control, crossing the grassy median into oncoming, southbound, Highway 61 traffic. One of the out of control vehicles, was then struck ,by a southbound SUV.

CPL. Juston Wheetley said, all three fatalities were in the same car. They were a woman driver and a young girl, who were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and an infant who later died at the hospital.

The multi-vehicle crash happened on Highway 61, near Highway W and North Pointe Prairie Road.

Our prayers go out to all of the families involved in this terrible accident.

More information as it becomes available.

 

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St. Charles Missouri- A three vehicle crash occured this morning, Thursday January 21, 2016, just before 8:00 a.m. on Highway 61, in St. Charles county.

The Highway 61 crash, claimed the lives of a woman, a young girl and an infant. A fourth person suffered moderate injuries.

CPL. Juston Wheetley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop C stated, that the crash occurred when two vehicles travelling north on Highway 61 struck each other. Both vehicles spun out of control, crossing the grassy median into oncoming, southbound, Highway 61 traffic. One of the out of control vehicles, was then struck ,by a southbound SUV.

CPL. Juston Wheetley said, all three fatalities were in the same car. They were a woman driver and a young girl, who were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and an infant who later died at the hospital.

The multi-vehicle crash happened on Highway 61, near Highway W and North Pointe Prairie Road.

Our prayers go out to all of the families involved in this terrible accident.

More information as it becomes available.

 

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Columbia, Missouri -The entire nation benefited from lower gas prices in 2015 and Missouri was no exception.

According to a Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the lower gas prices had a direct impact in our states higher death totals resulting from car crashes.

Missouri gasoline prices averaged $1.67 per gallon in 2015. These were among some of the lowest prices for gas in the nation. Missouri roadway deaths were 853 in 2015. This was an increase of nearly 11.5% from the previous year. Many believe, lower gasoline prices contribute to more people on Missouri highways, more often.

As Missouri highways and roads become busier, so do all of the responders to Missouri traffic accidents. The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to urge drivers to obey traffic laws and always buckle their seatbelts. In Missouri, of the 853 car crash deaths, 63 percent of them were not wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts absolutely save lives in many car crashes.

Of course, lower gas prices are not the only contributing factor to higher car crash and death totals. It is still estimated that distracted drivers and aggressive drivers, are the leading causes of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities, in the state of Missouri.

At the AW Smith Law Firm, we see first hand, the results of a distracted or aggressive driver. Many of our clients fall victim to this ongoing problem. They can suffer injuries from these car crashes, that can change how they live forever.  It remains important, that everyone continues to be mindful, when they get behind the wheel of an automobile. Missouri Highway Patrol statistics show the many of Missouri’s car crashes are one vehicle accidents, where a distracted driver drove off of the side of the roadway. Often times these vehicles hit a tree, guardrail or embankment, causing serious damage and injuries.

Drivers can protect themselves and others, by remembering some important safety precautions; slow down, obey all traffic laws, always wear your seatbelt, always turn off your cell phone, stay alert and eliminate distractions. Adjusting your vehicle’s radio or thermostat should be done when the vehicle is stopped. Carelessness while driving, can happen in an instant. Many cars and trucks are travelling at speeds above 50 miles per hour and those seconds can change lives forever.

Missouri families with young drivers need to continue to make safe driving a priority in their household. Young drivers can also help remind their parents to drive safely and buckle up. As we enter 2016, remember that many believe gas prices are going even lower. If this is true, Missouri roadways will continue to be busy. Let’s all do our part to reduce our states traffic accident and traffic fatality totals.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered a serious injury or the loss of a loved one, by the thoughtless acts of others.

Many of our clients have been victims of drunk drivers, victims of distracted drivers, have suffered a wrongful death, have been involved in a semi tractor and trailer accident, have been a pedestrian or were riding a bicycle or motorcycle. We are a plaintiffs law firm. We work tirelessly at representing our clients against the big insurance companies. We also are experienced at handling the most severe cases.

Our past results, speak volumes about our talent and passion in helping our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents can happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call us at the AW Smith Law Firm. Our phone number is 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.

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The two car accident occurred on Tuesday at 9:00am, one half mile north of Lebanon, MO, on Highway 5.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report, James A. Hall, 70, of Lebanon, was southbound on Highway 5. According to the report, James Hall’s 2000 Toyota 4-Runner hit an icy spot on the highway and slid into oncoming traffic, hitting a northbound 2015 Honda Odyssey, head-on.

The 2015 Honda Odyssey van was driven by Dale F. Bough, 64, of Nixa Missouri. The head-on collision caused both vehicles to overturn and injured both drivers and passengers.

James A. Hall sustained minor injuries. However, his passenger Stephanie R. Nichols, 25, of Springfield, sustained serious injuries. Dale F. Bough also sustained serious injuries and his wife Berwyn R. Bough, 60, suffered moderate injuries.

James Hall, Stephanie Nichols and Berwyn Bough were all transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, by Mercy Ambulance. Dale Bough was also transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, however, he was transported by Mercy Air Ambulance.

Both drivers and passengers were reported as wearing seat belts.

The crash was investigated by MSHP’s Troop I, TPR G. S. Sloan, (1403). TPR Sloan was assisted by SGT. M. L. Mobley, (962), TPR R. W. Clement, (489), TPR J. E. Conway, (472), Laclede County Sheriff’s Department and the Lebanon  Police Department.

Dale and Berwyn Bough may have a claim against State Farm Insurance, the insurance carrier for Hall’s 2000 Toyota 4-Runner. It is common in most cases that victims can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.

An experienced, serious injury attorney will advise the Boughs and manage their claims against the big insurance companies. The attorney will protect their interests while they focus on recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on their behalf.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice, is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered an injury or loss. Our past results, speak volumes about our talent and our passion, in helping each of our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents can happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call The AW Smith Law Firm at 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.

Click here to see some of our most recent Verdicts and Settlements.

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Marion County, MO- A head-on collision in Marion County this morning, leaves a Maywood Missouri woman with serious injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Daniel J. McCollum, 43, of Labelle, MO was eastbound on MO Highway 6, when he lost control of his truck due to icy road conditions. McCollum was driving a 2006 Ford F150 and crashed it head-on, into Linda K. Getz, 71, of Maywood, Missouri.

Getz was westbound on MO Highway 6, driving a 2013 Cadillac sedan. Both vehicles were totaled in the head-on collision.

The accident took place at 9:00am December 28th, about one mile south of Maywood Missouri.

Daniel McCollum had minor injuries and was transported privately, to Hannibal Regional Hospital. Linda K. Getz suffered serious injuries and was transported by Lewis County Ambulance, to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

The accident was investigated, worked and cleared by Trooper Griffin, (429), Trooper Fish, (253), Trooper Hoover, (369), Marion County Fire and Rescue Service, Lewis County Ambulance, Robert’s Garage and Towing Solutions of Quincy.

Linda K. Getz and her family may have a claim against Geico Insurance, the insurance carrier for McCollum’s Ford F150 pick up truck.

It is common in most cases that victims and/or their families, can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.

A highly talented attorney, will advise the family. They will also collect and organize all of the evidence and medical records, as well as negotiate with the insurance companies, on behalf of the victims and their families.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice, is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered an injury or loss. Our past results, speak volumes about our talent, and our passion in helping each of our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents can happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call The AW Smith Law Firm at 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.

 

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CALLAWAY COUNTY – A Fulton Missouri resident suffered serious injuries in a rollover car accident on Sunday, December 20th at 12:30pm.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report, Richard D. Wiseman, 55, of Fulton Missouri was traveling eastbound on Highway 54 in a 2004 Ford F-250 pick-up truck, when Norman L. Porter, 82, pulled out into the path of Wiseman, driving a 2014 Fiat 500.

The crash occurred on the highway’s eastbound lanes near Route BB, between New Bloomfield and Fulton.

After Richard Wiseman’s truck struck Porter’s Fiat, it traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Porter’s car came to a stop, blocking the eastbound lanes of the highway. Richard Wiseman was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and suffered serious injuries. Wiseman was airlifted to University Hospital via Staff for Life for treatment of his serious injuries.

University Hospital said at the time of this writing, Wiseman’s condition had been upgraded to good. Porter was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the severe crash.

The  Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report also said that both vehicles were totaled in the accident. Norman Porter was issued a citation for failure to yield and is due in Callaway County court on Jan. 27.

Richard D. Wiseman and his family may have a claim against Grinnell Select, the insurance carrier for Porter’s Fiat 500. It is common in most cases that victims and/or their families, can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.

A highly talented attorney, will advise the family. They will also collect and organize all of the evidence and medical records, as well as negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of the victims and their families.

The AW Smith Law Firm is a serious injury and wrongful death law firm. The sole focus of our practice, is getting our clients the settlements they deserve, after they have suffered an injury or loss. Our past results, speak volumes about our talent, and our passion in helping each of our clients. We have been recognized nationally, for the success we have had on behalf of our clients. Serious accidents can happen to good people. When they do, be sure to call The AW Smith Law Firm at 573-777-3333 or contact us through our website at www.AWSmithLaw.com.