May 22, 2015

Kenneth R. Ernst from Prairie Home Missouri, Seriously Injured in Truck Accident


A serious truck crash occurred on Thursday evening, May 21st at 9:30pm, in Moniteau County on Highway 87, approximately one mile north of Highway 179.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported, a 1970 American General tanker driven by Devin A. Baysinger, 24, of Jamestown, MO, was attempting to back out of a private drive, onto Highway 87 to face southbound. In doing so, Devin A. Baysinger and his tanker, was partially in the northbound lane of Highway 87.

Travelling northbound on Highway 87 was Kenneth R. Ernst, 68, of Prairie Home, MO. Mr. Ernst was driving a 1999 International truck that struck Mr. Baysinger's tanker, in a head-on collision.

Kenneth R. Ernst suffered serious injuries in the crash that totaled both vehicles. Mr. Ernst was airlifted to the University of Missouri Hospital, by the Staff For Life helicopter. Mr. Baysinger received no injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

I-70 Towing of Columbia removed both vehicles as Trooper W J Surface (977) investigated the accident. Trooper Surface was assisted by Trooper A C Piercy (1157). Both Trooper Surface and Piercy are from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's highly decorated Troop F.

Kenneth R. Ernst and his family may have an insurance claim. A serious injury and wrongful death attorney, like AW Smith, from Blackwater, MO, who has a proven record of litigation, can maximize the amount collected from an insurance company. He can also help Mr. Ernst's family, by protecting them and their interests.


May 4, 2015

Osage Beach Officer Austin White is Improving After Being Hit by a Truck in Lake Ozark.


Osage Beach Police Officer Austin M. White is improving after being hit by a truck on April 30, during a traffic stop on the Grand Glaize Bridge.

According to a recent update from the Osage Beach Police Department, White is "stable and improving", which is great news for everyone following the story.

Officer Austin White suffered a broken leg that required surgery, underwent a surgical reattachment of his ear, and had several stitches in his head and ankle.

Robert Watkins, 58, of Osage Beach was driving a pickup truck on the Grand Glaize Bridge when he struck a stopped police cruiser, that was assisting White in a traffic stop.

Officer White was out of his vehicle when the pickup truck plowed into the cruiser and then hit him, sending him flying 30 feet in the air.

Watkins was arrested on suspicion of Second Degree Assault with Impairment and Failure to Yield to a Stationary Emergency Vehicle.

According to the Osage Beach Police Department, Officer Austin White had stopped a vehicle at the east end of the Grand Glaize Bridge, at 6:15 Thursday morning, and was outside his car when a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Robert Watkins of Osage Beach, struck an assisting police cruiser from behind before striking White.

White was critically injured and flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment, where his condition was upgraded to fair Thursday afternoon.

April 20, 2015

Car Crash in Ralls County Seriously Injures Three Adults and a 6 Year Old Boy


A serious car crash occured Sunday April 19th, at 4:00pm, in Ralls County, on Highway 19 at Route Y, just south of Perry, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a 1998 Dodge Ram van, driven by Jessica E. Ferry, 26, of Perry, was westbound attempting to cross the highway, and failed to yield to a southbound 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven Michael J. Gibbons, 69, of Galva, Illinois.

Jessica E. Ferry and one of her passengers, Justin R. Haynes, 29, of Hannibal, were both seriously injured in the crash. They were life flighted by helicopter, to the University of Missouri Hospital, in Columbia. Also seriously injured was 6-year-old Joseph Perrigo of Perry. He was taken to Audrain Medical Center in Mexico.

Michael J. Gibbons sustained serious injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment, by the Ralls County Ambulance service.

Both vehicles sustained total damages in the accident.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Bradley, #185, and he was assisted by Cpl. Bryan, #384, Ralls County Sheriff's Department, New London Fire Department, Vandalia Fire Department, Center Fire Department, Perry Fire Department and Ralls and Marion County Ambulances.


April 10, 2015

Mother and Daughter Killed in a Miller County Car Crash Involving Two Semi-Trucks and Trailers


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the details of a tragic, fatality crash that killed two persons, injured four more persons and involved eight vehicles, including two semi-trucks.

The Highway Patrol says 50-year-old Robin Dinwiddie and her daughter, 27-year-old Kenda OLeary, both from Eldon, were killed in the crash that occurred about 3:00pm on Wednesday April 8th.

According to the accident report, a semi-truck and trailer driven by 62-year-old Daniel Burch, of Elizabeth, Illinois was headed west on Highway 54. Burch was approaching the intersection at Route W where several vehicles, including another semi-truck and trailer, were lined up at the intersection's stoplight.

Daniel Burch's 2007 Freightliner Tractor and Trailer, slammed so hard into the back Robin Dinwiddie's 2004 Pontiac Vibe, that it caused a chain reaction in which eight vehicles were damaged.

The tractor-trailer driven by Burch sustained extensive damage. Robin Dinwiddie's Pontiac Vibe along with a 2013 Ford Focus, a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, and a 2009 Saturn Outlook were all totaled in the horrible crash. The second tractor-trailer and a 2013 Ford E-Series van sustained minor damage, and a 2001 Dodge Ram had moderate damage.

In addition to the two tragic fatalities, which were pronounced at the scene at 5:40 p.m., injuries included Daniel Burch, 62, of Elizabeth, Illinois -- minor injuries, April Cline, 41, of Eldon, Mo. -- moderate injuries, Amy Shaw, 46, of Jefferson City, Mo. -- serious injuries, James Villines, 42, of Springdale, Ala. -- moderate injuries.

All injured parties were taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

Daniel Burch was arrested on suspicion of Careless and Imprudent Operation, and two possible counts of 2nd Degree Involuntary Manslaughter, which is a Class D Felony. He was taken to Miller County jail.

The crash was worked by eighteen Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, along with officers from Lake Ozark Police Department. Fire Protection Districts from Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and the Eldon Fire Department assisted in giving aid to the injured and suppressing fires. Lake Ozark Fire Chief Mark Amsinger stated that at least two vehicles caught fire during the crash.

Robin was a manager for the Pizza Hut in Laurie, Mo. for nearly seven years and had worked for Pizza Hut Corporation, for nearly twenty years. Kenda was attending Drury University to become a writer.

Funeral arrangements for both Robin and Kenda are pending at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon.

This was Troop F's second and third fatalities of April and numbers 15 and 16 for the year.

The Miller County Prosecuting Attorney said the State has not filed any charges at this time related to the fatal automobile accident. There is a pending investigation and the State will not give any further comment out of respect for the investigation.

Photo Courtesy of ABC17 News.


March 31, 2015

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

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.


March 10, 2015

Boone County Missouri Crash Seriously Injures Elderly Couple


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.


March 6, 2015

Double Fatality and a 7 Year Old Boy is Seriously Injured


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.


March 6, 2015

Vehicle Pulls into the Path of Another Causing a Serious Crash


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.
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.


January 15, 2015

Multiple Vehicle Car Crash in Phelps County Injures Four.

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


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.


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

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December 9, 2014

Three People Injured Due to a Head On Collision


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.


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.


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.


October 17, 2014

Fatal Passenger-side Collision


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.