Motor Vehicle Crash: February 2011 Archives

February 28, 2011

Florissant, Missouri Man Loses Control of his Vehicle and Causes Six Car Pile-up

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On February 21, 2011 at approximately 11:30am, 75 year old Albert Saunders of Florissant was operating a 2001 Lincoln Towncar traveling eastbound on I-70 at Lucas and Hunt. At that said time and place, Stephen Richardson was operating a 1993 GMC Volvo also traveling eastbound on I-70. Saunders (driver of vehicle one) then lost control of his vehicle, striking Richardson (driver of vehicle two) and causing his vehicle to jack knife.

Due to Saunders' initial contact with Richardson forcing him to jack knife, Richardson's vehicle was forced into the path of a third vehicle driven by 43 Glenn Siedenton who then collided with Richardson. After being struck a second time, Richardson was then forced into a fourth vehicle driven by 20 year old Jarrell Henderson of St. Louis who was then forced to collide with a fifth and sixth vehicle driven by 32 year old Cipriano Cosby and 40 year old Darin Clifton.

Jarrell Henderson's vehicle was totaled and all other vehicles involved sustained minor to moderate damage. Jarrell Henderson was taken from the scene of the crash by Northeast Ambulance to De Paul Hospital with moderate injuries. Denise Cosby, occupant of vehicle five, was also transported from the scene by Northeast Ambulance to De Paul Hospital with moderate injuries.

All drivers involved were wearing their safety devices.

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February 22, 2011

Callou, Missouri Man Killed In Crash with Farm Tractor

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Macon County man was killed after a farm tractor pulled into his vehicles path and the two collided.

On February 16, 2011 at approximately 3:55pm, 24 year old Bobby Techau of Callao, Missouri, was operating a 1998 Ford traveling northbound on MO 3 about two miles north of Callao. At that said time and place, 63 year old Benjamin Coleman was operating a 1985 Ford Farm Tractor traveling southbound on MO 3. Coleman then attempted to make a left turn across MO 3 and drove his tractor directly into the path of Bobby Techau.

Techau was transported by Macon County Ambulance to Samaritan Memorial Hospital and was then flown to University Hospital in Columbia by Air Ambulance where he later died.

Tecahu's vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the crash by Ricks Wrecker Bevier. The driver of the tractor, Benjamin Coleman, was not injured. The tractor he was operating received only minor damage and was left at the scene of the crash on private property.

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February 21, 2011

Ray County, Missouri Bus Crash Leads to Injury for Nine Children

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Nine Rayville and Richmond, Missouri children were injured when their school bus traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.

On February 14, 2011 at approximately 3:10pm, 28 year old Chad Benton of Henrietta, Missouri was operating a 2006 International School Bus traveling northbound on Garner Road about a half a mile south of 120th. At that said time and place, Benton failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree head-on.

Benton was transporting nine children at the time of the crash. Nine year old Byron Carter, thirteen year old Kelly Carter, eleven year old Makayla Carter, nine year old Ryan Carter, and thirteen year old Chelsea Pigg, all of Rayville, Missouri, were transported from the scene of the crash by Ray County Ambulance to Ray County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Thirteen year old Bryley Conner, eleven year old Allison Johnston, seven year old Dejaleigh Minnick and seven year old Sebastian Riley, all of Richmond, Missouri, were also transported from the scene of the crash by Ray County Ambulance to Ray County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Driver Chad Benton refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash. The school bus was totaled and was towed from the scene by Carmichael Towing.

Investigation of this crash continues and a summons is pending.

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February 17, 2011

Hazelwood, Missouri Couple Seriously Injured in St. Louis County Crash

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A two vehicle crash in St. Louis County leaves three Missouri residents injured.

On February 12, 2011 at approximately 6:45am, 50 year old Harold Grasham of Hazelwood, Missouri was operating a 1993 Mercury Tracer traveling southbound on US 67 just north of Missouri Bottom Road. Grasham's vehicle was occupied by himself and his wife, 55 year old Barbara Grasham, also of Hazelwood, Missouri.

At that said time and place, 27 year old Jerry Sumrow was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette traveling northbound on US 67. Sumrow was the only occupant of his vehicle. Sumrow lost control of his vehicle and slid across the center line, striking the Grasham vehicle. After impact, both vehicles went off the west side of the roadway and struck a concrete wall.

Barbara and Harold Grasham were transported from the scene by Pattonville EMS to Depaul Hospital with moderate injuries. The at-fault driver, Jerry Sumrow, was also taken by Pattonville EMS to Depaul Hospital with moderate injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled and were towed from the scene by Hoods Towing. All parties involved were wearing their safety device.

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February 14, 2011

St. Joseph High School Student Dies After Being Struck by School Bus

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A Northwest Missouri school bus driver strikes and kills a high school student in St. Joseph, Missouri.

On November 15, 2010 Mason Adams, a 16 year old high school student, was walking in a crosswalk on St. Joseph Avenue near the Grand Avenue intersection. At approximately 7:30am a school bus rounded the corner, failed to yield the right of way and struck him. Mason later died as a result of the crash.

Mason Adams was a junior at Lafayette High School, located about three tenths of a mile from where he was hit. Mason was an honor roll student, an only child, a baseball player and baseball card collector.

Adams was struck, according to St. Joseph Police, crossing St. Joseph Avenue from east to west. The school bus was westbound on Grand Avenue and turning southbound onto St. Joseph Avenue. Adam's was transported from the scene of the crash to Heartland Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the school bus, 23 year old Tracey Jones, was charged with carless and imprudent driving. Jones plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge in the Buchanan County Circuit Court. As reported in the St. Joseph News-Press, Judge Keith Marquart sentenced Jones to two years of probation, 15 days of shock detention and 200 hours of community service.

Jones admitted failing to yield the right of way at the crosswalk when she rounded the corner where she struck Mason Adams, ultimately leading to his death.

Mason Adam's mother has filed a wrongful death suit against the bus company, First Student Inc. First Student fired Jones (the driver) after the incident.

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February 10, 2011

St. Louis Crash Results in Serious Injuries for Pacific, Missouri Family

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Two woman and three children of Pacific, Missouri were seriously injured in a crash occurring on I-44 in St. Louis County.

At approximately 7:45pm on February 7, 2011, Sandra Gibbons, 45 year old of Pacific, was traveling westbound on I-44 at the 259.4 mile marker. Gibbon's vehicle was occupied by herself, her 7 year old daughter, Alyssa Gibbons, 11 year old son, Logan Gibbons, and 14 year old son, Christopher Gibbons. At that said time and place, Leslie Wood was operating a 2003 Toyota Tundra also traveling westbound on I-44 directly behind Sandra Gibbons.

Leslie Wood drove her vehicle directly into the back of Sandra Gibbons, forcing Gibbons off the right side of the roadway, striking a rock bluff. Wood also travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Sandra Gibbons and her three children were taken by Meramec Ambulance to St. Clare Health Center with moderate injuries. The at-fault driver, Wood, was taken by Eureka Fire Protection District to St. Johns Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene by Hyndrich Brothers Towing. All parties involved in the crash were wearing their safety devices. Wood, the at-fault driver, does not have auto insurance.

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February 3, 2011

Granite City Father and Infant Son Killed in Double-Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

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Missouri father and infant son were killed in a hit-and-run while stopped on the side of the road to deal with car troubles, now leading to the filing of a wrongful death suit.

A wrongful death suit was filed on November 21, 2010 at the Madison County Courthouse against an Edwardsville area man and the company he worked for in the deaths of two Granite City residents in a hit-and-run accident occurring a week prior. Donald Lee Legens, 34, and his 9-month-old son, Donald Lee Legens Jr., were killed in the hit-and-run crash which is subject of this lawsuit. The wrongful death suit was filed by Jessica Ellen Legens (widow of Donald Sr.) and names Mark Alan Ikerman (the alleged driver of the vehicle that struck the Legens' car), and Manheim Service Corp., AKA Manheim Gateway St. Louis who was Ikerman's employer.

The Legens' vehicle had run out of gas on Pontoon Road. Legens Sr. had taken his son to a near-by gas station and had returned and put his son back in the car. He was filling the car's tank when it was struck by a tow truck driven by Ikerman, who allegedly fled the scene. The damaged tow truck was found the next morning parked in Ikerman's driveway at his home. Legens Sr. was killed when he was struck outside of his vehicle while filling the gas tank. Legens Jr. died of injuries he received in the crash several days after the incident.

Ikerman was originally charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving a personal injury or death, and failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death. Ikerman's bond was originally set for $100,000 but increased to $200,000 after the death of the child, Legens Jr.

The suit claims that Ikerman's negligence, including operating the tow truck under the influence of alcohol, caused the crash leading to multiple deaths. The suit also claims that Manheim Service Corp. was also negligent in trusting Ikerman to drive the tow truck. Allegedly Ikerman has had multiple motor vehicle citations and has shown habitual incompetence and recklessness in his driving habits and history. Therefore, the suit claims, Ikerman was not qualified to drive the tow truck and Manheim either knew or should have known of these facts.

The six count suit is seeking in excess of $50,000 for each count.


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