Columbia Man Fatally Injured in Head-on Crash

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Callaway County head-on crash results in death for one Missouri resident and serious injury for another.

On December 27, 2011 at approximately 7:10 a.m., 55 year old John Drew of Columbia, Missouri was operating a 2001 Toyota Camry traveling southbound on Highway 63 at Turkey Creek Bridge. Drew was not transporting any passengers at the time.

At that said time and place, 57 year old Sharon Keeran of California, Missouri was operating a 1987 GMC Pick-up traveling northbound on Highway 63. Keeran lost control on an ice covered bridge, traveled off the left side of the road, through the median cables and into the path of Drew’s vehicle in the southbound lanes of Highway 63. Drew then had no other choice and struck Keeran’s vehicle head-on.

John Drew was taken from the scene of the crash by ambulance to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Christopher Nelson at 9:00 a.m. Drew was wearing his safety device at the time of the crash. The at-fault driver, Sharon Keeran, was also transported from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash. Keeran was not wearing her safety device at the time of the crash.

Drew’s vehicle sustained total damage in the crash and was towed from the scene by Tow Pro. The at-fault vehicle also sustained total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Tow Pro. The decedent did not possess insurance coverage for his vehicle at the time of the crash; however, the at-fault driver did possess coverage.

This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. J. Lowary of Troop F and was assisted by Trooper C. Winter and Jefferson City Police Department. This was Troop F’s 7th fatality for the month of December and 62nd for the year of 2011.


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