Wrong-way Driver Dead and Kills Ladue Woman and Passenger

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In Ladue County, a wrong-way driver is dead and kills two others in a head-on collision while he was drunk and high on marijuana.

On February 1, 2013 at about 8:50 p.m., Kyle Weeks, age 25 from Olivette, was operating a Ford Focus. Melanie Michailidis, age 46 from St. Louis, Missouri was operating a Volkswagen Jetta. Joseph Jacob, age 41 from San Francisco, was the only passenger in Melanie’s vehicle during the time of the crash.

At that said date and time, Kyle Weeks was speeding in the eastbound lane of Ladue Road when he collided into Melanie’s vehicle head-on. Kyle Weeks’ vehicle caught on fire in the crash. Firefighters responded to the scene and put out the flames, cut Kyle from his vehicle and transported him to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kyle Weeks was not wearing his seat belt as Melanie Michailidis and Joseph Jacob were.

Melanie Michailidis was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and her boyfriend, Joseph Jacob, was pronounced dead later.

The toxicology reports supports evidence that Kyle Weeks had a blood-alcohol level of 0.115 percent, which is above Missouri’s legal limit to drive of 0.08 percent. Also, toxicology reports indicate that Weeks’ blood contained elevated amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Ladue police Sergeant Ray Hahs said that Kyle Weeks was exceeding the posted speed limit of 35 mph by more than 20 mph.

Kenyon Wenberg, a witness, told police that he was driving west on Ladue Road near Warson Road and moved over to allow Weeks’ vehicle to pass. Wenberg said the vehicle was straddling the center line and veered into the eastbound lane at an estimated 80 mph before crashing. Wenberg told police it appeared that Weeks made no attempt to swerve out of the way.

Joseph Jacob was visiting to her in St. Louis to celebrate his birthday on February 3rd, according to police and a friend of Jacob. Police said they had been on the way to a late dinner from a Tango event in Creve Coeur.

Melanie Michailidis’ mother has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court, seeking $25,000 or more from Weeks’ estate.

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