Wrongful Death: December 2011 Archives

December 31, 2011

St. Joseph, Missouri Man Killed in Dekalb County Crash

123011 utility bucket truck.jpg

Missouri man is fatally injured in rear-end US 36 crash with utility bucket truck.

On December 29, 2011 at approximately 5:26 p.m., 63 year old Thomas Stohr of St. Joseph, Missouri was operating a 2000 Ford traveling eastbound on US 36, about two miles east of Stewartsville. Stohr was not transporting any passengers.

At that said time and place, 29 year old Christopher Kemp of Patterson, Missouri was operating a 2005 International Utility Bucket Truck. Kemp was pulling onto westbound US 36, in front of Stohr, from a field. Stohr's vehicle collided with the rear of Kemp's utility bucket truck. Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane of US 36.

Thomas Stohr was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m. by the Dekalb County Coroner. Stohr was transported from the scene of the crash to Bram Funeral Home in Maysville, Missouri by Dekalb County Coroner. Truck driver, Christopher Kemp, was uninjured in the crash. Both parties were wearing their safety devices at the time of the crash.

Stohr's vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was towed from the scene by Scotty's of Cameron, Missouri. The utility truck sustained extensive damage and was also towed from the scene of the crash by Scotty's of Cameron. It is unknown whether either driver possessed insurance coverage for their vehicles at the time of the crash.

This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. P.M. Kimball of Troop H and was assisted by Cpl. A.A. Henry, Sgt. M.A. Cool and the Dekalb County SO.

READ CRASH REPORT

Continue reading "St. Joseph, Missouri Man Killed in Dekalb County Crash" »

December 29, 2011

Missouri Resident Killed in Head-On Collision in Jefferson County

122911 overturned car jeff county.jpg

When one driver crossed over the center line, he crashed into oncoming traffic in a head-on collision killing the victim.

On December 27, 2011 at approximately 8:45 P.M., 42-year-old Ernest Jones from De Soto, Missouri was traveling northbound on Missouri 21.5 miles south of Mothershead Road in Jefferson County in a 1995 Ford Taurus. At said time and place, Frank Ciliberto, age 74, from Potosi, Missouri was operating a 2005 Ford Explorer and heading southbound. Jones had one passenger - Seth Crumpton, age 24, from De Soto, Missouri.

The crash occurred as Jones crossed the center line and crashed into Ciliberto in a head-on collision. Ciliberto's vehicle traveled off the side of the roadway and overturned. Ciliberto was ejected from his vehicle.

The victim, Ciliberto, suffered serious injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri by Survival Flight. Jones, the at-fault driver, was killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Valle Ambulance personnel and was transported to Schaefer Mortuary Service in Jefferson County. Jones's passenger, Crumpton, suffered minor injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by Valle Ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Jones and Ciliberto were not wearing their seatbelt, and Crumpton was at the time of the crash.

Jones's Taurus received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Shank's Auto, Truck Repair and Towing from De Soto, Missouri. Ciliberto's Explorer received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Shank's Auto, Truck Repair and Towing.

This investigation was led by Trooper Mark D Albright of Troop C in Jefferson County.

READ CRASH REPORT

Continue reading "Missouri Resident Killed in Head-On Collision in Jefferson County" »

December 28, 2011

Columbia Man Fatally Injured in Head-on Crash

122811 car overturned in median on highway.jpg

Callaway County head-on crash results in death for one Missouri resident and serious injury for another.

On December 27, 2011 at approximately 7:10 a.m., 55 year old John Drew of Columbia, Missouri was operating a 2001 Toyota Camry traveling southbound on Highway 63 at Turkey Creek Bridge. Drew was not transporting any passengers at the time.

At that said time and place, 57 year old Sharon Keeran of California, Missouri was operating a 1987 GMC Pick-up traveling northbound on Highway 63. Keeran lost control on an ice covered bridge, traveled off the left side of the road, through the median cables and into the path of Drew's vehicle in the southbound lanes of Highway 63. Drew then had no other choice and struck Keeran's vehicle head-on.

John Drew was taken from the scene of the crash by ambulance to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Christopher Nelson at 9:00 a.m. Drew was wearing his safety device at the time of the crash. The at-fault driver, Sharon Keeran, was also transported from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash. Keeran was not wearing her safety device at the time of the crash.

Drew's vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was towed from the scene by Tow Pro. The at-fault vehicle also sustained total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Tow Pro. The decedent did not possess insurance coverage for his vehicle at the time of the crash; however, the at-fault driver did possess coverage.

This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. J. Lowary of Troop F and was assisted by Trooper C. Winter and Jefferson City Police Department. This was Troop F's 7th fatality for the month of December and 62nd for the year of 2011.

READ CRASH REPORT

Continue reading "Columbia Man Fatally Injured in Head-on Crash" »

December 16, 2011

Minnesotan Passenger Killed in One-Car Crash

121411 overturned vehicle minnesota man killed.jpg

When one driver lost control of his vehicle, it overturned causing moderate injuries for himself and the death of his passenger.

On December 14, 2011 at approximately 1:14 A.M., 21-year-old Steven Buchanon from Troy, Missouri was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu and heading southbound on Route J 110 feet north of Oak Forest Drive in Lincoln County. Buchanon had one passenger - 39-year-old Scott Trom from Big Lake, Minnesota.

The crash occurred when Buchanon travelled off the left side of the roadway and then overcorrected and slid off the right side of the road crashing into a concrete driveway barrier. The vehicle overturned onto its top and came to rest facing west. Neither Buchanon nor Trom was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Buchanon suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to St. Joseph Hospital West of St. Louis, Missouri by Lincoln County Ambulance. Then he was transported to St. Joseph Hospital of St. Charles by St. Charles County Ambulance. Trom was killed as a result of this crash, pronounced dead at the scene, and transported by McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home to his family's location in Troy, Missouri.

Buchanon's vehicle received total damage and was towed by Brian's Towing of Troy, Missouri. It is unknown whether or not Buchanon had Automobile Insurance at the time of the crash. This investigation was led by Sergeant M. Coon and Corporal J. Mulkey of Troop C in Lincoln County.

READ CRASH REPORT

READ AN ARTICLE

Continue reading "Minnesotan Passenger Killed in One-Car Crash" »

December 12, 2011

Laclede County Crash Ends in Fatality for Missouri Driver

121211 car overturned on side of road.jpg

Missouri woman is killed in head-on crash near Phillipsburg, Missouri.

On December 10, 2011 at approximately 5:36 p.m., 67 year old Donna Lamkins of Phillipsburg, Missouri was operating a 2002 Buick Century traveling southbound on Nelly Drive, about 3.5 miles east of Phillipsburg. Lamkins did not have any passengers in her vehicle.

At that said time and place, 21 year old Jeremy Spradling of Conway, Missouri was operating a 2003 Ford F150 traveling northbound on Nelly Drive. Spradling then lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and struck Lamkins. Spradling's vehicle then overturned.

Donna Lamkins was pronounced dead at 6:55 by Deputy Coroner Mike Noyes and was transported from the scene of the crash to Colonial Funeral Chapel by Colonial. No injury information was listed for the at-fault driver, Jeremy Spradling, who was not wearing his safety device at the time of the crash. The decedent was wearing her safety device at the time of the crash.

Both vehicles sustained total damage in the crash. Lamkins' vehicle was towed from the scene by C&S Towing. The at-fault vehicle was towed from the scene of the crash by Steve's Towing. Both drivers involved possessed insurance coverage for their vehicles at the time of the crash.

This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Jason Gendenning of Troop I. This was Troop I's 37th fatality for the year 2011.

READ CRASH REPORT

Continue reading "Laclede County Crash Ends in Fatality for Missouri Driver" »

December 7, 2011

Two Men Killed in Webster County Train Crash

120611Train Accident.jpg

When the driver of a dump truck failed to yield to an oncoming train in Webster County, he and his father, the passenger of his vehicle, were instantly killed.

On December 5, 2011 at approximately 8:10 A.M., 34-year-old Chad Lee from Ava, Missouri was operating a 1990 International dump truck and traveling southbound on Oak Lawn Road 1 mile east of Seymour, Missouri. Lee had one passenger, his 58-year-old father, Gary Lee, from Seymour, Missouri. At said time and place, Timothy Flower, age 62, from Springfield, Missouri was heading eastbound in a Burlington Northern 2011 General Electric Locomotive.

The crash occurred when Lee failed to yield to the oncoming locomotive, entered into the crossing, and was crashed into by the locomotive broadside. This particular crossing is not controlled by signal devices. It is controlled by cross bucks only. Neither driver nor passenger was wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Both Chad Lee and his father were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Webster County Coroner Michael Taylor at approximately 8:50 A.M. The next-of-kin was notified. Their bodies were transported from the scene of the crash to Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, Missouri. The driver of the locomotive did not suffer injuries as a result of this crash.

Lee's dump truck received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Marshfield Towing of Marshfield, Missouri. It is unknown whether Lee had automotive insurance on his vehicle at this time. Flower's locomotive received minor damage and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This investigation was led by Troop D of Webster County. This crash was Troop D's 107th and 108th fatality for the 2011 year.

READ CRASH REPORT

READ AN ARTICLE

Continue reading "Two Men Killed in Webster County Train Crash" »

December 6, 2011

Teenage Driver Killed in Franklin County Accident

120111 2 Teenagers Crash Franklin Cnty.jpg

When one teenage driver failed to stop at a stop sign, he entered the intersection of Hendricks Road and Highway 30 and crashed into oncoming traffic. The at-fault driver and victim suffered moderate injuries, and his passenger was killed as a result of this crash.

On November 29, 2011 at approximately 2:05pm, 17-year-old Gunnar Smith from Dittmer, Missouri was traveling southbound on Highway 30 at Hendricks Road in a 2003 Ford Escort. At same time and place, 66-year-old Glennon Naeger from Perryville, Missouri was operating a 1999 Winnebago traveling eastbound on highway 30. Smith had one passenger - Nicholas Decker, age 17, from High Ridge, Missouri.

The crash occurred when Smith entered the intersection of Hendricks Road and Highway 30 after failing to stop at a stop sign. Naeger crashed in to the right side of Smith's vehicle. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

Decker was killed as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The next-of-kin was notified, and he was taken to the St. Louis morgue by Russell Funeral Home. Smith suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Naeger suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash to St. Anthony's Medical Center by St. Clair Ambulance.

Smith's Ford was totaled and towed from the scene of the crash by Hoffman's Towing and Service of St. Clair, Missouri. Naeger's Winnebago was totaled and towed from the scene of the crash by Vogelgesang Towing of St. Clair, Missouri.

READ CRASH REPORT

Continue reading "Teenage Driver Killed in Franklin County Accident" »

December 5, 2011

Two Missouri Residents Killed in Caldwell County

112911 caldwell truck head on.jpg

One driver, carrying an eighteen foot trailer, crossed over the centerline and hit another driver in a head-on collision, which resulted in his and his victim's death on MO Hwy 116 in Caldwell County.

On November 28, 2011 at approximately 8:45 A.M., 66-year-old Hubert Swope from Braymer, Missouri was operating a 1997 Ford and heading eastbound on MO Hwy 116 three miles west of Braymer. At said time and place, 46-year-old Kenneth Debolt from Braymer, Missouri was heading westbound in a 1995 Ford van.

The crash occurred as Swope, pulling an 18 foot trailer, crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into Debolt in the westbound lane. Swope's vehicle came to rest on its wheels near the area of impact in the eastbound lane facing west. Debolt's vehicle came to rest on its wheels three feet from the road facing south.

Both drivers were killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Caldwell County Sheriff and transported to Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Missouri. Neither of the drivers had been wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Swope's vehicle received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Walker's Towing of Maryville, Missouri. Debolt's vehicle received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Scotty's Towing of Cameron, Missouri.

This investigation was led by Corporal M. K. Allen, Sergeant J. H. Thompson, Corporal R. A. Sherman, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department and Braymer Fire and Rescue.

READ CRASH REPORT

Continue reading "Two Missouri Residents Killed in Caldwell County" »