Only July 28, 2011 at approximately 8 p.m., 37 year old Saritha Gaddam of Flower Mound, Texas, was operating a 2002 Accura traveling eastbound on Interstate 44, one mile before Highway 28, a highway that runs through central Missouri. Saritha had three passengers in her car: Prnav Gaddam, age 4, Vaibhave Gaddam, age 10, and Krishna Gaddam, age 40, all from Flower Mound, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. At said time and place, Heather Gunter, age 44 of Dixon, Missouri, was operating a 2010 Lincoln also traveling eastbound on Interstate 44.
The crash occurred as Gunter changed lanes and struck Gaddam. Gaddam slid off the right side of the roadway, overturned once, and came to a stop on the shoulder of the interstate. All drivers and occupants were wearing their safety devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study found that driver error was the primary cause of 90 percent of major traffic crashes. In 2010 alone there was over 3,000 crashes were caused by unsafe lane changing and failed turn signals. Pulaski County had 1,074 car crashes in 2010.
The Gaddam family was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District to Phelps County Regional Medical Center where they were treated for moderate injuries. Gunter, the driver who caused the accident by changing lanes in an unsafe manner, sustained no injuries. The Gaddam vehicle was totaled, became inoperable and unfixable, during the crash and was towed from the scene of the crash by Jack’s Towing of St. Robert. Gunter’s car sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene of the crash.
This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Darryl Suhr. Suhr is a part of Troop I which is located on the northwest edge of Rolla. Troop I is the youngest troop and has 54 uniformed officers, 24 uniformed civilians, and 10 civilian employees.
While the clean up crew was sweeping the highway for left over debris from the crash, another crash occurred on the opposite side of the highway. Again, this crash occurred due to negligent lane changes that resulted in totaled cars and hospital visitation for injuries.
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