Mother and Daughter Killed in a Miller County Car Crash Involving Two Semi-Trucks and Trailers


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the details of a tragic, fatality crash that killed two persons, injured four more persons and involved eight vehicles, including two semi-trucks.

The Highway Patrol says 50-year-old Robin Dinwiddie and her daughter, 27-year-old Kenda OLeary, both from Eldon, were killed in the crash that occurred about 3:00pm on Wednesday April 8th.

According to the accident report, a semi-truck and trailer driven by 62-year-old Daniel Burch, of Elizabeth, Illinois was headed west on Highway 54. Burch was approaching the intersection at Route W where several vehicles, including another semi-truck and trailer, were lined up at the intersection’s stoplight.

Daniel Burch’s 2007 Freightliner Tractor and Trailer, slammed so hard into the back Robin Dinwiddie’s 2004 Pontiac Vibe, that it caused a chain reaction in which eight vehicles were damaged.

The tractor-trailer driven by Burch sustained extensive damage. Robin Dinwiddie‘s Pontiac Vibe along with a 2013 Ford Focus, a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, and a 2009 Saturn Outlook were all totaled in the horrible crash. The second tractor-trailer and a 2013 Ford E-Series van sustained minor damage, and a 2001 Dodge Ram had moderate damage.

In addition to the two tragic fatalities, which were pronounced at the scene at 5:40 p.m., injuries included Daniel Burch, 62, of Elizabeth, Illinois — minor injuries, April Cline, 41, of Eldon, Mo. — moderate injuries, Amy Shaw, 46, of Jefferson City, Mo. — serious injuries, James Villines, 42, of Springdale, Ala. — moderate injuries.

All injured parties were taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

Daniel Burch was arrested on suspicion of Careless and Imprudent Operation, and two possible counts of 2nd Degree Involuntary Manslaughter, which is a Class D Felony. He was taken to Miller County jail.

The crash was worked by eighteen Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, along with officers from Lake Ozark Police Department. Fire Protection Districts from Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and the Eldon Fire Department assisted in giving aid to the injured and suppressing fires. Lake Ozark Fire Chief Mark Amsinger stated that at least two vehicles caught fire during the crash.

Robin was a manager for the Pizza Hut in Laurie, Mo. for nearly seven years and had worked for Pizza Hut Corporation, for nearly twenty years. Kenda was attending Drury University to become a writer.

Funeral arrangements for both Robin and Kenda are pending at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon.

This was Troop F’s second and third fatalities of April and numbers 15 and 16 for the year.

The Miller County Prosecuting Attorney said the State has not filed any charges at this time related to the fatal automobile accident. There is a pending investigation and the State will not give any further comment out of respect for the investigation.

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