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Car Crashes Cause Eight Deaths in MO During Thanksgiving Weekend

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Eight people died during the Thanksgiving holiday, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Eight people died during the Thanksgiving holiday, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


Troopers investigated 299 traffic crashes, including 140 injuries, and arrested 139 people for driving while intoxicated. 


Of the eight fatalities, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated seven and the St. Louis Police Department investigated one fatality.


Last year, troopers investigated 350 traffic crashes, including 140 injuries, and six fatalities.  140 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.


Five of the fatalities occurred in the Troop F, Jefferson City, Mo. area. 


One fatality occurred in each of the following areas: 

  • Troop C, Weldon Spring, Mo.
  • Troop G, Willow Springs, Mo.
  • Troop I, Rolla, Mo.

One of the fatalities occurred on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. 


Angela S. Tate, 52, of St. Robert, Mo., died when the vehicle she was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. The vehicle then rolled onto the driver's side and struck a second utility pole. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 28, north of St. Robert, in Pulaski County. Pulaski County Coroner Mike Hartness pronounced Tate dead at the scene. Tate was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.


Three fatalities occurred on Friday, November 29. 


Victoria M. Singleton, 22, of Mexico, Mo., died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crossed the center line and struck a second vehicle head-on. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 124 north of Old Missouri Highway 124 in Boone County. The driver of the vehicle in which Singleton was a passenger sustained serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle that was struck, Timmy R. Bowne, 46, of Centralia, Mo., died in the crash. Boone County Medical Examiner Dori Burke pronounced both Singleton and Bowne dead at the scene of the crash. Singleton and the driver of that vehicle were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; Bowne was not.


Joseph L. Mayo, 57, of Hartville, Mo., died after the motorcycle he was driving struck a vehicle head-on. Mayo was attempting to pass a third vehicle when the crash occurred. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 38 east of Hartville, Mo., in Wright County. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The driver of the vehicle Mayo's motorcycle struck was not injured in the crash. 


Four people died in traffic crashes on Saturday, November 30. 


Ashley M. Burns, 29, of Linn Creek, Mo., Kenneth D. Crockett, 51, of Eldon, Mo., and Tammy J. Luttrell, 55, of Iberia, Mo., died in a traffic crash on Missouri Highway 42 west of Hawken Cemetery Road in Miller County. The crash occurred when the vehicle Burns was driving crossed the center of the roadway and struck the vehicle Crockett was driving head-on. Luttrell was a passenger in Crockett's vehicle. Miller County Coroner Rick Callahan pronounced all three people dead at the scene. Burns, Crockett, and Luttrell were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.


Wilson Brown Jr., 38, of St. Louis County, Mo., died in a traffic crash at Page and Pendleton streets in St. Louis. The St. Louis Police Department investigated the traffic crash. 




NOTE: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after this news release is sent out.



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