On April 12, 2012 at approximately 8:05 a.m., Jeremiah Kempker, age 30 and a resident of Henley, Missouri was operating a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice and traveling in the eastbound direction. In Kempker’s vehicle was passenger, Demyris Oliver, age 3 and a resident of Russellville, Missouri. The driver of the 2012 Freightliner is unknown and was not stated in the Missouri State Highway crash report.
At that said time and place, Jeremiah was traveling eastbound along Branch Road near St. Michaels Road in Cole County when the semi-truck was parked on the roadway. Jeremiah collided into the rear of the truck.
Rescue workers transported Kempker to Capital Region Medical Center when doctor, Doug Wheeler, pronounced him dead about an hour after the crash. According to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kempker was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Demyris suffered serious injuries and was transported to the University Hospital in Columbia by Staff for Life.
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