Teenage Driver and Passengers Injured from Car Overturning

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After one Missouri teenager’s vehicle became airborne while cresting the top of a hill in Franklin County, it crashed into a tree and overturned, causing moderate to serious injuries for three passengers.

On January 10, 2012 at approximately 1:00 A.M., 19-year-old Dylan Sheldon from St. Clair, Missouri was heading southbound in a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta on Peacock Road 1.2 miles south of Springfield Road in Franklin County. Sheldon had three passengers: Dalton Conway, age 19, from St. Clair; Daniel Holmes, age 20, from St. Clair; and Tyler Kennedy, age 20, from St. Clair.

The crash occurred when Sheldon was driving too fast for the conditions and became airborne while cresting the top of a hill. Sheldon lost control of the vehicle, and it exited the left side of the roadway. The vehicle then crashed into a tree and overturned. The vehicle finally came to rest on its roof. Conway and Kennedy were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of this crash, and it is unknown if Holmes and Sheldon were.

The at-fault driver, Sheldon, suffered serious injuries and was taken from the scene of the crash to Mercy Hospital in Washington, Missouri by St. Clair ambulance. Kennedy suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Missouri by private transportation. Holmes suffered serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri by helicopter service. Conway suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene of the crash to Missouri Baptist Hospital by private transportation.

Sheldon’s Volkswagen Jetta received total damage as a result of this crash. It was towed by I-44 Towing & Recovery of Pacific, Missouri. It is unknown if Sheldon had driver insurance at this time.

This investigation was led by Corporal L. J. Keathley of Troop C in Franklin County.

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