The heavy rains that have been moving through the midwest, proved fatal for one Tarkio resident, Duane K. Sabins, on Monday July 6th around 12pm noon.

Duane K. Sabins, 52, of Tarkio, was southbound on Highway 59, about 2 miles south of Tarkio, when the rains were coming down hard. Sabins was driving a 2006 Suzuki, when he lost control in the rainstorm and skidded across the centerline. Sabins Suzuki, struck a 2006 Chevrolet Pickup in the drivers door, driven by Garrett J. Ball, 18, of Fairfax, before being hit by a 2007 Chevrolet SUV, driven by Ronald L. Nester, 60, also of Fairfax. 

Ronald Nester was rushed to Community Hospital in Fairfax, with serious injuries, by Atchison County Ambulance.

Sabins was pronounced dead by Atchison County Coroner Shawn Minter and was taken to Minter Funeral Home. The crash scene was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Cpl. M.R. Heits (663), with assistance from, Cpl. K.G. Haywood (426), Sgt. G.D. Ward (1189), Cpl. S.M. Hux (536) and Tpr. N.J. Greiner (626). The Missouri State Highway Patrol also received assitance from the Atchison County Sheriff’s Department and the Tarkio Fire Department.

Both Nester’s Chevrolet and Sabins Suzuki, were totaled in the three car accident. Garrett J. Balls Chevy Pickup, was driven from the scene.


A Shelbyville, Missouri man dies from injuries he sustained in a fiery crash on Wednesday, June 17th at 4:30pm, on MO-156, 2 miles west of Novelty.

Randy L. Parsons, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene by Knox County Coroner Jeffery Doss.

Parson’s 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck was westbound on MO-156 when it crashed into an eastbound 2014 Ford pickup truck, driven by Aleksander Rowinski from Lancaster, Missouri, when Rowinski crossed the center line and traveled into Parson’s path.

This is the eleventh fatality for Missouri Highway Patrol’s Troop B in 2015.

The vehicles burst into flames and became engulfed, seconds after the crash. Rowinski was flown to University Hospital in serious condition. Randy L. Parsons was pronounced dead at the scene, shortly after 6pm.

Randy L. Parsons 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. Parson’s family deal with all that needs to be done, while protecting them from big insurance companies.


Dustin A. Walker, of Hartsburg, MO., has died from injuries he sustained in a car crash Tuesday morning.

Dustin A. Walker, 30, of Hartsburg, MO., was driving his 2015 Ford Fusion northbound on Highway 63, when a 2000 International dump truck, driven by Jerry O. Johnson of Kirksville, failed to yield and collided with Walker’s Fusion.

The fatal crash occurred in Macon County, at U.S. Highway 63 and MO-156, on June 2nd at 8:37am.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Jerry Johnson failed to yield, causing his dump truck to slam into the side of Dustin Walker’s Ford. Dustin was pronounced dead at the scene, and Johnson was not injured.

Dustin was wearing his seat belt, as was Jerry Johnson. The impact of the crash was so severe, both vehicles came to a stop, off of the roadways. The Missouri Highway Patrol did not report whether any criminal charges were expected against Johnson.

Trooper Bartholomew #136, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop B, was assisted by numerous other members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Macon County Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and the LaPlata Police.

The author of this blog, from the AW Smith Law Firm, met Dustin for the first time several months ago. I was drawn to him instantly. He loved hunting, fishing, golf, family and his wife, Amelia.



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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



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.



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.