JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 10 people died during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period–from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2016.
Troopers investigated 400 traffic crashes, which included 124 injuries, and eight of the 10 fatalities.
Troopers also arrested 103 people for driving while intoxicated and made 100 drug arrests during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.
Two of the fatalities occurred in both the Troop A, Lee’s Summit, and Troop B, Macon, areas; Five of the fatalities occurred in Troop C, Weldon Spring, area; and one fatality occurred in the Troop G, Willow Springs, area.
Among the traffic deaths was Thomas Fargo, 68, of Cherokee Village, Arakansas, who died Saturday when the vehicle he was driving ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned multiple times. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 63 south of Brandsville in Howell County. Fargo was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
Three deaths occured in the same crash Sunday in Franklin County, Missouri. Robert S. Batson, 26, of Sullivan, MO, Sushma Settipalli, 32, of Plano, Texas, and Mahidhar Settipalli, 2, of Plano, Texas, died when Batson’s vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 and hit the left front corner of the vehicle Sushma Settipalli was driving.
(edited news release)