Vehicle Veers into Path of Another and Results in Fatality of One

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In St. Genevieve County, a resident of Bonne Terre is killed after veering into the path of another vehicle and collided head-on.

On January 5, 2012 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Edward Leonard, age 59 and from Rolla, Missouri was operating a 1997 Volvo Tractor and traveling westbound on Route Y. Jerri Swank, age 49 and from Bonne Terre, Missouri was operating a 1995 Dodge Ram Pick-up and traveling eastbound on Route Y.

At that said time and place, Edward was traveling westbound on Route Y, west of Saddleback Trail, and Jerri was traveling eastbound on the same road. Jerri then veered into the path of Edward’s vehicle and they both collided head-on. Jerri’s vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway and down into an embankment.

Jerri Swank was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by St. Genevieve ambulance personnel. Jerri was taken to St. Genevieve coroner’s office by St. Genevieve’s coroner. Edward Leonard reported to have no injuries and did not seek medical attention.

Jerri’s 1995 Dodge Ram Pick-up received total damages and was towed by D & S Towing. Edward’s 1997 Volvo Tractor also received total damages and was towed by Buckley’s Towing.

This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with the assistance of trooper Joseph Flynn and Jarrod Thomas of troop C and Crash Team IV.


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