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.
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