Fatality Crash in Boone County

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In Boone County, a man was killed after his driver attempted to pass a slowing tractor trailer.

On May 27, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Karen Wehrman, age 69 of Centralia, Missouri was operating a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country with passengers Wendell Wehrman, age 88 from Centralia, Missouri, and Harry Bryan, age 80 from Mexico, Missouri. Buford Bowne, age 63 from Sturgeon, Missouri was operating a 1996 International 9200. Brett Wallace, age 21 of Moberly, Missouri was operating a 2007 Mercury Milan.

At that said date and time, Buford Bowne was slowing to make a left turn on MO 22 about .7 miles west of MO 151. Karen Wehrman attempted to pass him but ended up striking Buford’s Semi causing her also strike Brett’s car.

Wendell Wehrman was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:34p.m., by Stacey Huck with Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was transported to Boone County Medical Examiner’s office in Columbia, Missouri. Karen Wehrman received serious injuries and was transported by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Brett Wallace received moderate injuries and was taken by private conveyance to Moberly Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri. Harry Bryan received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, All were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash besides Harry Bryan.

Karen Wehrman 2013 Chrysler Town and Country received total damages and was towed by Carl’s Towing. Buford Bowne 1996 International 9200 received Moderate damages and was released back to Buford. Brett’s 2007 Mercury Milan received total damages and was towed by Carl’s Towing.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Crash Patrol and with the assistance of Troop F. This is Troop F’s 5th Fatality for May and 20th for 2014.