Car Becomes Airborne and Strikes Tree, Seriously Injures Two

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Jefferson County – Two people are seriously injured when a car became airborne and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon.

Around 3:30 p.m. on May 14, 2013, Jessica Root, age 18 of Dittmer, Missouri, was driving a 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio east on Highway H. Matthew A. Root, age 19 of Dittmer, Missouri, was the only passenger.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred about 0.1 mile west of Highway WW when the Volkswagen exited the right side of the roadway and the front of the vehicle struck a driveway. The impact caused the vehicle to become airborne and overturn before the top of the vehicle struck a tree.

Jessica Root was taken to Mercy Creve Coeur by Survival Flight with serious injuries. Matthew A. Root was taken to Mercy Creve Coeur by Air Evacuation with serious injuries. Both Jessica and Matthew were reported to be wearing their seat belts.

Jessica Root’s 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio received total damages and was towed to Elliot Motors.

This accident was investigated by Trooper D. R. Thompson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C.


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