Highway Patrol reports eight fatalities over long weekend
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Highway Patrol reports eight fatalities over long weekend

Highway Patrol reports eight fatalities over long weekend

(From Missouri State Highway Patrol)

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reporting the following July 4, 2024 holiday statistics for the period from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2024:

July 4th Sailing Statistics 2024

Officers responded to ten boating incidents, with seven injuries and zero fatalities. Officers made 11 arrests for boating under the influence. One person drowned over the long weekend. The drowning occurred at Troop D.

(There were 11 boating accidents in 2023, with two injuries and no fatalities. One person drowned during last year’s Fourth of July holiday. Police made 10 arrests for drunk boating during last year’s Fourth of July weekend.)

The drowning occurred on Saturday, July 6, 2024. Craig H. Olson, 60, of Shawnee, KS, was swimming near the vessel when he went under the water and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket. Cedar County Deputy Coroner Joe Trussel pronounced Olson dead at the scene. The incident occurred in Stockton Lake in the first bay west of Stockton Dam.

Traffic Statistics for the 4th July 2024 Holiday Season

Police officers attended 382 road accidents, resulting in 159 injuries and eight deaths. Officers also made 147 arrests for drink-driving.

One fatal traffic accident occurred in the area of ​​Troop I, Rolla. Two fatal accidents occurred in the areas of Troop C, Weldon Spring and Troop D, Springfield. Three fatal accidents occurred in the area of ​​Troop B, Macon, MO.

(During the 2023 count, 15 people died and 646 were injured in 1,505 holiday traffic crashes in Missouri. Last year, during the count, police arrested 125 people for drunk driving.)

Two people were killed Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Jared A. Thrapp, 45, Forsyth, MO, was killed when the driver of a westbound vehicle crossed the centerline, struck the left side of another vehicle, and then struck the front of the vehicle he was driving. All three vehicles traveled off the right side of the eastbound lanes. The crash occurred in Taney County on Highway F, east of Bull Creek. Thrapp was wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by Taney County Coroner Elijah Goodwin. The passenger in Thrapp’s vehicle was wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the westbound vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries. Two occupants of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and a third occupant sustained moderate injuries in the crash. All were wearing seat belts.

William C. Sweet, 48, Monroe City, MO, was killed when the ATV he was operating went off the left side of the road and struck a tree. The crash occurred in Monroe County on Cincinnati Road, south of Ariel Lane, southeast of Monroe City. Sweet was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe City EMS. He was not wearing a helmet.

One person was killed on Thursday, July 4, 2024. Teven J. Blackwell, 20, Troy, MO, was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was operating, struck a parked vehicle on the side of the roadway, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a parked trailer. Blackwell was ejected from the vehicle. He was wearing a helmet. The crash occurred on Pike County Road 255, just east of Pike County Road 256. Dr. Pugh pronounced Blackwell dead at Pike County Memorial Hospital.

Four people died on Friday, July 5, 2024. Trevor A. Benda, 21, Kirksville, MO, was killed when the vehicle he was driving went off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned into a pond. The accident occurred on US 63, two miles north of LaPlata. Benda was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri by Dr. Ubinas. The patrol was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County EMS, and the Kirksville and LaPlata fire departments.

Sheldonna A. Wood, 60, Joplin, MO, was killed when she was struck by a vehicle that had traveled off the right side of Douglas Fir Road, one-half mile south of Joplin in Newton County. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Newton County Coroner Dale Owen. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Darrell D. Rice, 56, Montrose, CO, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on US 24, west of Keytesville, in Chariton County. Rice was riding his bicycle west on US 24 when he was struck. Rice was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at Moberly Regional Medical Center by Dr. Lammert. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. The Chariton County Sheriff’s Office assisted the patrol at the scene.

Darrell J. Williams, 35, St. Louis, MO, was killed when the front of the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a southbound vehicle that crossed the median. The accident occurred on Bellefontaine Road, south of Quiet Lane, in St. Louis County. Williams was pronounced dead at Barnes Jewish Hospital by Dr. Montes. It is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious injuries. It is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt.

There were no road traffic fatalities reported on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

One person was killed in a traffic accident on Sunday, July 7, 2024. Joseph R. Bialczyk, 20, Belle, MO, was killed when the vehicle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve, skidded, went off the left side of the roadway and overturned. The accident occurred on Missouri Highway 42, three miles from Missouri Highway 28, in Maries County. Bialczyk was not wearing a seat belt. Maries County Deputy Coroner Sandbothe pronounced Bialczyk dead at the scene. The Maries County Sheriff’s Office assisted the patrol at the scene.

NOTE: The mortality statistics in this press release are subject to change if subsequent deaths occur, if other departments report deaths after this press release was sent, or if the cause of death is found to be a medical condition rather than a road accident/boating/drowning.