Four-vehicle Collision Involving Serious Injuries


In St. Louis County, three people receive serious to moderate injuries due to the at-fault driver’s failure to stop, which caused a four-vehicle collision.

On July 2, 2013 at approximately 2:57 p.m., Cody Oien, age 21 of Shoreview, Missouri was operating a 2012 Freight Liner Cascadia. The second vehicle involved was a 2008 Honda Accord and driven by Ruth Ell, age 69 of St. Charles, Missouri. The third vehicle was driven by Nedzad Makic, age 32 of St. Louis, Missouri. He was operating a 2002 Volvo S60. The fourth vehicle was a 1999 Chrysler Town and County and operated by Kimberly Graziano, age 44 of Union, Missouri.

At that said date and time, all drivers and vehicles were traveling in the eastbound direction on I-44 near Interstate 270 and 1.25 miles east of Bowles Avenue. According to rescue personnel the semi driven by Cody Oien was driving too fast on the interstate and began to swerve before crashing into the three vehicles. The collision occurred as Ruth Ell, Nedzad Makic, and Kimberly Graziano were stopped in their lane due to traffic ahead when Cody Oien failed to stop and collided with the rear of Ruth’s vehicle. Cody’s vehicle continued to travel on the roadway and collided with the rear ends of Nedzad’s and Kimberly’s vehicle. Then Cody traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed into a fence.

Ruth Ell received serious injuries and was transported by Fenton Fire Protection District to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. Nedzad Makic also received serious injuries from the collision and was transported by Valley Park Fire and Protection District to Mercy Hospital. Kimberly Graziano received moderate injuries and was transported by Mehlville Fire Protection District to Mercy Hospital. Cody Oien did not seek medical treatment.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Nedzad Makic was the only occupant whom was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

The vehicles of Ruth Ell, Nedzad Makic, and Kimberly Graziano all received total damages and were towed by Miner’s Towing. Cody Oien’s 2012 Freight Liner Cascadia received extensive damages and was towed by Miner’s Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop C.



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