March 31, 2015

Pastor Charles H. Hammack and Wife, Helen L. Hammack, are Seriously Injured in a Head On Collision

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According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, James L. Clair, 84, was eastbound on Highway 136, in a 2006 Jeep Liberty just west of Memphis. Mr. Clair's vehicle crossed the center line and struck a westbound 1997 Buick, driven by Pastor Charles H. Hammack, 79, of Memphis. Pastor Hammack's wife, Helen L. Hammack, 78, was a passenger in the automobile. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hammack sustained serious injuries in the crash. They both had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Scotland County Fire and Rescue squad.

James L. Clair suffered moderate injuries in the collision. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

Helen Hammack was transported by ambulance to SCH and later was transported by helicopter to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Charles Hammack was transported by ambulance to SCH and then was transferred by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL before ultimately being flown by Air Evac to University Hospital in Iowa City.

Both vehicles sustained total damage in the crash and were removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Memphis Police Department, Scotland County Fire Department, Scotland County Sheriff's Office, Scotland County Ambulance Service and first responders.

Pastor Charles Hammack serves the Kahoka Presbyterian Church.

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March 10, 2015

Boone County Missouri Crash Seriously Injures Elderly Couple

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On Monday evening March 19th, 2015, at approximately 5:30p.m., Rachel L. Brown, age 28, of Ashland Missouri, was operating a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. She was traveling southbound, at MO WW and Rolling Hills Road, in Boone County Missouri.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Rachel L. Brown's Cadillac Escalade, travelled into the intersection and struck an eastbound 2007 Ford Taurus, driven by 88 year old, William K. Bahr, traveling with his wife Peggy M. Bahr, age 83, both from Fulton, Missouri.

This initial car crash sent the elderly couple into a spin, crashing into a third automobile, a 2002 Ford F150, driven by Christopher T. Sutton, age 50, of Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Sutton was not injured and his truck received minor damage.

Rachel L. Brown received minor injuries, while William and Peggy Bahr, both sustained serious injuries. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bahr were transported by ambulance to University of Missouri Hospital.

The Bahr's 2007 Ford Taurus was totaled and was towed from the scene, by Slate Towing.

This car crash was investigated by Trooper E. Penrod, 1400, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop F. Trooper Penrod was was assisted by Trooper J. Turner, 846 and Cpl T. Walley, 1100.

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March 6, 2015

Double Fatality and a 7 Year Old Boy is Seriously Injured

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Two people die and a 7 year old boy is seriously injured, after a car crash took place on Thursday, just before 11:00am on Highway 59, about 2 miles north of Noel, Missouri.

Pronounced dead at the scene by McDonald County Coroner B.J. Goodwin, was Ashley D. Tharp, 28, of Pineville, and passenger Cody Blevins, 27, of Sebastian, Florida. Also in the car was Ben Tharp, 7, of Pineville, who was airlifted to Cox Hospital in Springfield, Mo., with serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened as a southbound 2006 Ford F150 truck, driven by Donavan L. Ryan, 34, of Pineville, failed to negotatiate a curve and struck Ashley Tharp's 1998 Mercury Mystique, head-on.

This is Troop D's 14th and 15th fatality for 2015. As required by law, Donavan Ryan was tested for alcohol.

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March 6, 2015

Vehicle Pulls into the Path of Another Causing a Serious Crash

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On March 4, 2015, at approximately 2:25pm, Toby R. Ulmer, age 17 of Nelson, Missouri, was operating a 1997 Chevrolet. Adolpho N. Suarez, age 23 of Marshall, Missouri, was operating a 2012 Nissan.
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At that said date and time, Toby R. Ulmer was traveling Eastbound at US Highway 65 and Route H. Ulmer than pulled into the path of Adolpho N. Suarez, who was traveling Northbound. Adolpho N. Suarez's Nissan, struck Ulmer's Chevrolet, causing both vehicles to travel off of the roadway.

Adolpho N. Suarez was wearing his seatbelt but still received serious injuries. He was transported by Saline County EMS to the University of Missouri Hospital.

Both Suarez's Nissan and Ulmer's Chevrolet were totaled and were towed from the scene, by McGraw Automotive.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the assistance of Trooper L.R. Dancy and Trooper N.A. Perez, with assistance from Saline County deputies.

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January 15, 2015

Multiple Vehicle Car Crash in Phelps County Injures Four.

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Four people were injured, two seriously, in a three vehicle car crash in Phelps County.
At approximately 5:50 pm on Wednesday evening, January 14th, a major traffic accident blocked traffic on Highway 63, while the victims were being cared for.

The accident occurred when a 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Nikole L. Baumgartner, 26, of Rolla, was traveling southbound on the highway, 5 miles south of Rolla, crossed the center line and struck John A. Birdsong, 31, of Dixon, head on.
John A. Birdsong was driving northbound in a 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
Moments later, a northbound 2007 Saturn Ion driven by Paul D. Jordan, 56, of Rolla, struck the Ford, which was stopped in the road due, to the collision with the Toyota truck.

Baumgartner suffered serious injuries and was transported by the Mercy LifeLine helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
Birdsong also sustained serious injuries and was transported by Phelps County Ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
Caroline A. Loughridge, 24, of St. James, a passenger in Birdsong's vehicle, sustained moderate injuries and was transported by a Air Evac helicopter to Mercy Hospital, in Creve Coeur.
Paul D. Jordan also suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Phelps County Ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
The patrol stated Jordan was wearing his seat belt, while Baumgartner, Birdsong and Loughridge were unbuckled.

Drivers and occupants had to be extricated, thus causing major delays on Highway 63. The crash occurred around 5:50 p.m. about 5 miles south of Rolla.

Assisting the patrol at the scene were the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Rolla Police Department, Rolla Rural Fire Protection District and the ambulance districts.

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December 30, 2014

Driver in Mercer County Falls Asleep and Travels into Oncoming Traffic

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On December 19th, 2014 at approximately 1:53 p.m., Marie E. Eslick, age 56, of Mercer Missouri, was operating a 2002 Ford Escape. She was traveling eastbound on US Highway 136, approximately 4 miles east of Mount Moriah. Traveling westbound on US 136 was 23 year old Damien M. Shaw, operating a 2005 Ford Freestar, and passenger Aeriel K. Conover, age 23, both from Kahoka, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Marie E. Eslick fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line, traveling into the westbound lane and into oncoming traffic. Damien M. Shaw, in an attempt to avoid a collision, swerved into the eastbound lane when Eslick corrected, striking Damien M. Shaw's vehicle.

Damien M. Shaw received minor injuries while Aeriel K. Conover sustained serious injuries. Neither were wearing their seat belts. Marie E. Eslick was wearing her seat belt but still sustained serious injuries.

Both Conover and Eslick was transported by Mercer County Ambulance to Harrison County Community Hospital.

Both vehicles received total damages and were towed by Willis Garage.

The car crash was investigated by Trooper Q R McConkey 1311, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop H. McConkey was assisted by Sgt. J J Rongey, 689, Cpl. A G McAtee, 776, Trooper J C Daly, 336, Trooper T B Heintz, 305 and the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

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December 16, 2014

A Columbia Mo man is in critical condition after he falls from a balcony with a poorly repaired railing.

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A poorly repaired balcony railing on a rental house, lands an Illinois man in the hospital.

Jack Lipp, 19, of Illinois, remains in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon at the University Hospital, after falling from a balcony early Saturday morning December 13th.

Lipp, an MU student, was at a party on South Fourth Street, when he fell from a second story balcony that had a broken railing, to the gravel driveway below.

Jack Lipp was rushed by ambulance at approximately 2:30am Saturday morning, to the University of Missouri Hospital.

A tenant in the home, Mike Novak, said he knew the balcony railing was unsafe, and that it was only being held up by two 2 x 4s, that the landlord used to repair it. The landlord, said to be Asmar Nakhle of Ginger C LLC, owns numerous rental houses on Fourth Street.

The Columbia Police Department is asking witnesses to come forward who might have more information about the fall. They are to contact Detective Julie Ray at 573-874-7610 or at jamarty@gocolumbiamo.com.

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December 9, 2014

Three People Injured Due to a Head On Collision

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Head on Collision Causes Multiple Serious Injuries in Laclede County

In Laclede County, three people were injured due to a head on collision.

On December 8th, 2014 at approximately 4:08 pm, Chrystal L Sell, age 19 of Conway, Missouri was operating a 1991 GMC Sierra. Thomas H Clanton, age 17 of Conway, Missouri was operating a 1989 Ford Ranger. Also in Thomas Clanton's truck was Jacob Clanton, age 13.

At the said date and time, Chrystal L Sell was traveling westbound on Highway J, approximately 8 miles east of Conway, when her vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and crashed into Thomas H Clanton's truck, head on.

Mercy Ambulance transported Sell to Cox Hospital South Springfield with serious injuries. Both Clantons were also transported by Mercy Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon. Thomas Clanton, sustained moderate injuries and Jacob sustained serious injuries.
Chrystal Sell's 1991 GMC Sierra received total damages and was towed by C&S Towing. The 1989 Ford Ranger, driven by Thomas Clanton also received total damages and was towed by New Generation Towing.

Both drivers and passenger were reported to have been wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
The head-on collision was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop I.

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November 6, 2014

Woman Overcorrects Vehicle Causing A Fatality Accident

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In Butler County, a vehicle traveled off of a roadway and over corrected. The vehicle then slid into the path of another vehicle, ejecting the driver.

On November 5, 2014 at approximately 3:25 p.m., Chelsea Hill, age 23 of Campbell, Missouri was operating a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Cheryl Bader, age 53 of Campbell Missouri was operating a 2010 Toyota 4 Runner.

At that said date and time, Chelsea Hill traveled off the right side of the roadway and over corrected her vehicle going Southbound. She then slid into the path of Cheryl Bader who was going Northbound. Chelsea Hill was ejected from her vehicle.

Chelsea Hill was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Riva and was taken by ambulance to the Popular Bluff Regional Medical Center Morgue. Cheryl Bader received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Popular Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Chelsea's 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt received total damages and was removed by Rushins Wrecker. Cheryl's 2010 Toyota 4 Runner received total damages and was removed by Woolards Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop E, CPL Slaughter, Trooper Hunter and Trooper Huggins.

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October 31, 2014

Vehicle Failed to Negotiate Curve Causing Head On Crash

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In Clay County, a Vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head on.

On October 27, 2014, at approximately 6:08 p.m., Matthew Cook, age 23 of Orrick, Missouri was operating a 1984 Ford Mustang. Ann Bush, age 57 of Liberty, Missouri was operating a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox.

At that said date and time, Matthew failed to negotiate a curve. Matthew crossed the center line and struck Ann's vehicle head on.

Matthew Cook received serious injuries and was transported by EMS to Liberty Hospital. Ann Bush also received serious injuries and was transported by EMS to Liberty Hospital.

Matthews 1984 Ford Mustang received total damages and was towed from the scene by L&L Towing. Ann's 2013 Chevrolet Equinox received total damages and was towed from the scene by L&L Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Clay County Sheriff's Department by CPL C. O. Tubbs.

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October 17, 2014

Fatal Passenger-side Collision

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In Callaway County, the occupant inside a vehicle is killed after the driver failed to stop at a red light colliding into the right side of another vehicle in the intersection.

On October 14, 2014 at approximately 5:28 a.m., Kenneth Wildhaber, age 83 of Jefferson City, Missouri was operating a 2001 Dodge Dakota along with Lauraine Wildhaber, age 82. Arthur Dorn, age 45 of Troy, South Carolina was operating a 2003 Peterbilt 379 Conventional.

At that said date and time, Arthur Dorn made a left turn from southbound US-54 onto the south outer rd. Northbound Kenneth Wildhaber failed to stop at a red light, traveling through the intersection and into the right side of Dorn.

Lauraine Wildhaber was transported to St. Marys Hospital and then transferred to University hospital in Columbia, Missouri, where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Jeffery Coughenour. Kenneth Wildhaber received moderate injuries and was transported to St. Marys Hospital. Arthur Dorn received minor injuries he was transported to Callaway Community Hospital.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, all participants involved were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.

Kenneth Wildhaber's 2001 Dodge Dakota and Arthur Dorn's 2003 Peterbilt 379 Conventional both received total damages. Kenneth Wildhaber's 2001 Dodge Dakota was towed by Tom and Steves towing services. Arthur Dorn's 2003 Peterbilt 379 Conventional was towed by Russ Automotive.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop F. This is Troop F's 63rd fatality for the year.

On October 14, 2014, Lauraine Wildhaber passed away as a result of the auto-crash.

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September 10, 2014

Vehicle Crosses Centerline

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In Ray County, a Vehicle Crosses Centerline and Strikes one Vehicle Head-On.

On August 9, 2014, at approximately 10:25 p.m., Benjamin McMellen, age 41 of Warrensburg, Missouri was operating a 1995 Volvo 960. Rebecca Harris, age 34 of Bosworth, Missouri was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu.

At that said date and time, Benjamin crossed the centerline, and struck Rebecca's vehicle head-on.

Benjamin McMellen was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m. at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Missouri. Rebecca Harris received serious injuries and was taken to University of Kansas Medical Center by EMS.

Benjamin's 1995 Volvo received total damages and was towed by Green's Towing. Rebecca's 2005 Chevrolet Malibu received total damages and was towed by Carmichael's Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the assistance of Trooper Cunningham, SGT Green, CPL Ward and the Ray County Sheriff's Department.

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August 28, 2014

Vehicle Was Hit Head On Causing Serious Injuries

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In St. Francois County, a Vehicle Pulls onto Highway and Was Struck Head On Causing Serious Injuries.

On August 27, 2014, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Edgar Conway, age 65 of Bismarck, Missouri, was operating a 1988 GMC S15. Ryan James McNees, age 20 of Belleview, Missouri, was operating a 1996 Honda Accord. McNees was carrying one passenger, Ashley Doza, age 21 of Imperial, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Ryan James McNees pulled onto Highway N and was struck by the front of a southbound vehicle, driven by Edgar Conway.

Edgar Conway received serious injuries and was transported by air evacuation to St. Louis University Hospital. Ryan James McNees received moderate injuries and was taken by St. Francois County EMS to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center. Ashley Doza received minor injuries and was also taken by St. Francois County EMS to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.

Edgars 1988 GMC S15 received total damages and was towed by Buckley's Towing. Ryan's 1996 Honda Accord received total damages and was towed by Buckley's Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the assistance of Trooper D.R. Nelson and Trooper A.L. Wood.

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August 26, 2014

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle with attached Tractor and Trailer

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In Cole County, a Vehicle Fails to Observe Roadway, Leaving Pedestrian with Serious Injuries.

On August 24, 2014, at approximately 4:50 p.m., Adam J Lueckenhoff, age 31 of Lohman, Missouri, was operating a 2000 Buick Century. An unidentified driver was operating a 2011 Cub Cadet with a trailer. Joy Heidbreder, age 60 of Lohman, Missouri, was the pedestrian involved.

At that said date and time, the unknown driver of the lawn tractor and trailer was partially parked on the roadway going southbound on St. Michaels Road. Pedestrian, Joy Heidbreder was standing in front of the tractor and trailer. Adam Lueckenhoff, also going southbound, failed to observe the tractor and trailer, striking the 2011 Cub Cadet. Because of the impact of Adams' vehicle to the tractor and trailer, Joy Heidbreder was then struck by the Cub Cadet due to impact.

Joy Heidbreder received serious injuries and was transported to the University Hospital. Both Adam and the unidentified driver left the scene with no apparent injuries.

Adam's 2000 Buick Century received moderate damages and was towed by Broadway Towing. The 2011 Cub Cadet received total damages and was towed by private conveyance.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol by Trooper C. Winter and with the assistance of CPL. K. Green and Cole County Sheriff's Office.

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August 12, 2014

Vehicle Loses Control Causing Vehicle to Overturn

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In Adair County, two people are left with minor injuries due to a two car collision, causing one vehicle to slide off the road and overturn.

On August 10, 2014, at approximately 4:14am, Rebecca Whitmire, age 16, of Hurdland, Missouri was operating a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Lori Robertson, age 46 of Kirksville, Missouri, was operating a 1993 Dodge Dakota. Robertson was accompanied by passenger Wayne McFarland, age 50, also of Kirksville, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Rebecca Whitmire traveled into the path of Lori Robertson's' vehicle, causing Robertson's vehicle to swerve off the left side of the roadway and overturn. Whitmire's vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking a guard rail.

Lori Robertson received minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Adair County Ambulance. Robertson was then released. Wayne McFarland received minor injuries and was also treated at the scene by Adair County Ambulance and later released. Rebecca was not injured.

Rebecca's 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt received moderate damages and was towed by Kirksville Auto Works. Lori's 1993 Dodge Dakota received total damages and was towed by Kirksville Auto Works.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol it is unknown at this time if all parties involved were wearing safety devices.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, assisted by Adair County Sherriff's Department and with the assistance of Trooper G.

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