Labor Day weekend was a busy one for Troop G of the Missouri State Highway, which conducted a traffic enforcement operation and was called to respond to three fatal crashes.
According to Sgt. Jeff Kinder, the troop’s public information officer, patrol officers in the nine-county area made eight arrests for driving while intoxicated and nine drug arrests, and investigated 20 vehicle crashes that resulted in 14 injuries and three deaths.
Two adults were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that caused fatal injuries for a 3-year-old boy from Mansfield. The crash occurred at 5:05 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 60, a mile east of Cedar Gap in Wright County.
Tpr. M.L. Wiseman, with Troop G of the patrol, Willow Springs, reported driver Chad G. Clanton, 42, of Seymour, and two passengers Summer D. Street, 35, and the child, both of Mansfield, were westbound in a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze that lost control on a rain-covered road, ran off the left side, crossed the median, struck an eastbound 2005 Ford F150 pickup truck and then overturned.
Clanton was not wearing a seat belt and it is unknown if Street was wearing a seat belt or if the child was in a car seat, according to the patrol.
The boy was flown to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where he succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m. Monday by Dr. Agnar.
Serious injuries were reported for Clanton and Street who were both taken to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.
No injuries were reported for the driver of the Ford, Kenton F. Young, 39, of Little Rock, Ark., who was reportedly wearing a seat belt.
Tpr. Wiseman was assisted at the scene Cpl. J.R. Sellars.
OZARK COUNTY CRASH
A two-vehicle crash claimed the life of an Arkansas woman and moderately injured four other people at 5:10 p.m. Monday on Highway 5, 2.5 miles north of the Arkansas line in Ozark County.
Cpl. D.J. Johnson reported driver Mingyang Chi, 30, of Auburn, Ala., and his passengers Qindi You, 27, of Little Rock, Ark., and Shulan Chi, 62, of China, were southbound in a 2012 Dodge Avenger that crossed the center line and struck a 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche head-on.
The report shows the occupants of the Dodge were taken by ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mtn. Home, Ark.
According to the report, You was pronounced dead at 7:46 p.m. by Dr. Robert M. McCurduy of BRMC.
The occupants of the Chevrolet were driver Michael S. Howard, 55, and Jere L. Dresch, 58, both of East Alton, Ill. The two were taken by ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.
MTN. GROVE MAN DIES NEAR POMONA
Jeremy A. Denholm, 47, of Mtn. Grove died of injuries suffered when his truck hit a tree at 8:05 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 63 near Olden, 2 miles south of Pomona.
Cpl. J.C. Howell reported Denholm was northbound in a 1997 Ford Ranger that crossed the median and both southbound lanes, struck an embankment and then impacted a large tree.
Denholm was not wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol.
Denholm was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:05 p.m. by Howell County Coroner Tim Cherry.
The deaths of Denholm, the young boy and You mark the 26th, 27th and 28th traffic fatalities, respectively, in the nine-county Troop G area for 2020, compared to 26 deaths during the same time frame last year.