Crash On Interstate 55 Involves Wrongful Death


In Cape Girardeau County, a two-vehicle collision involves the death of one St. Louis man and serious injuries for his passenger.

On July 1, 2013 at approximately 12:35 p.m., Melissa Farley, age 35 of Kennett, Missouri was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. C.W. Sykes, age 87 of St. Louis, Missouri was operating a 1997 Buick Lesabre along with passenger Catherine Anello, age 58 of St. Louis, Missouri.

At that said time and date, both Melissa Farley and C.W. Sykes were traveling in the northbound direction on Interstate 55 and 5 miles north of Oak Bridge exit. The collision occurred as Melissa’s vehicle crashed into C.W.’s, causing his vehicle to travel off the roadway and crash into an embankment.

C.W. Sykes and Catherine Anello received serious injuries and were transported by Cape Girardeau County ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in critical condition. C.W. Sykes was pronounced dead by Dr. Jay Keetman at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Melissa Farley received minor injuries and was not treated at the scene of the crash.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melissa Farley and Catherine Anello were wearing their seat belts while C.W. Sykes was not reported to be wearing his.

C.W. Sykes’s 1997 Buick Lesabre received total damages and was towed by Kosmetic Kar Doctor. Melissa Farley’s 2002 Chevrolet Malibu received minor damages and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop E. This is Troop E’s 25th fatality for 2013.