Fatal Passenger-side Collision


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In Cass County, the occupant inside a vehicle is killed after the vehicle drove into the path of oncoming traffic and caused another vehicle to collide into its passenger-side.

On April 26, 2014 at approximately 10:41 a.m., Richard Sanders, age 77 of Cleveland, Missouri was operating a 2009 Cadillac along with Laveta Sanders, age 77. Dale Aksamit, age 20 of Cleveland, Missouri was operating a 1998 Dodge 1500.

At that said date and time, Richard Sanders was traveling in the westbound direction while Dale Aksamit was traveling in the southbound direction on Missouri Route D and Missouri Route 2. The crash occurred as Richard attempted to cross Route D when Dale’s vehicle collided into the passenger-side of his vehicle. Both vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Laveta Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Harrisonville County Fire Chief, Thomas Ratterman. Laveta Sanders was then transported to Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. Richard Sanders received serious injuries and was transported to Research Hospital.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, all participants involved were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision. Also indicated in the crash report, Dale Aksamit was uninjured and did not seek medical attention.

Dale Aksamit’s 1998 Dodge 1500 and Richard Sanders’ 2009 Cadillac received total damages. Both vehicles were towed by Lazer Tow.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop A. This is Troop A’s 20th fatality.

On April 30, 2014, Richard Sanders passed away as a result of the auto-crash.