On Thursday, April 9, 2013, Phun Bik, age 42 of Kansas City, MO, was operating a 1998 For Econoline 530 van. Thuam Z. Cin, age 35 of Kansas City, Myint Hte Hte, age 30 of Kansas City, Cung M. Lian, age 38 of Kansas City, Saw Kaw Lo, age 24 of Kansas City, Aung Par, age 31 of Kansas City, Dawt H. Sung, age 24 of Kansas City, Rose Mery R. Thlia, age 36 of Kansas City, Mang L. Za-Chum, age 42 of Kansas City, and Bawi Zi, age 42 of Kansas City were occupants of Bik’s vehicle. Lakisha L. Coleman, age 32 of Bellvue, NE, was operating a 2011 Lexus ES 350. Oscar G. Munoz, age 42 of San Benito, TX, was operating a 2011 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer. Nevail W. Mitchel was operating a 2013 Nissan Versa.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 4:45 a.m. when Bik attempted to avoid striking Munoz, who was stopped due to a traffic accident north of the location, by swerving to the right. Bik traveled north on the center-line before the front of his van sideswiped the rear driver side of Coleman’s Lexus. Bik’s vehicle continued to travel northbound before striking the towed unit of Munoz’s tractor trailer on the driver’s side of Bik’s van. Debris following the collision of the van and the tractor trailer then hit Mitchel’s Nissan Versa on the rear driver side.
Phun Bik and Rose Mery R. Thlia were pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Richard Shelton and transported to Meierhoffer Funeral Home. Thuam Z. Cin, Myint Hte Hte, Cung M. Lian, Aung Par, Dawt H. Sung, Mang L. Za-Chum, and Bawi Zi were transported by Heartland Ambulance to Heartland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Saw Kaw Lo was transported by Heartland Ambulance to Heartland Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. Lakisha L. Coleman was transported by West Platte Ambulance to Heartland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Phun Bik’s 1998 Ford Econonline 350 van received total damages and was towed from the scene by R & W Towing. Lakisha L. Coleman’s 2011 Lexus ES 350 received moderate damages and was towed by Collision Repair. Oscar G. Munoz’s 2011 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer received moderate damages and was driven from the scene. Nevail W. Mitchell’s 2013 Nissan Versa received minor damages and was driven from the scene.
This accident was investigated by Corporal J E. Peabody, Crash Team Sergeant H. Sears, and Sergeant G. Billings of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H. St. Joseph Police and Fire Department, Agency Fire, Buchanan County Fire, and MODOT assisted the investigation. This is Troop H’s 9th and 10th fatalities for 2013.
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