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.