MILLER COUNTY, Mo.– Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed five people including four children.
The Highway Patrol released an official crash report Thursday morning. In it are the names and ages of the five people killed in a Wednesday night car crash.
The report says Radiance Wright, 30; Arleone Horton, 4; Patience Horton, 3; Byra Brown, 0; and Rondrea Anderson, 8. All died when Wright’s 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor “traveled off the left side of the road and overturned multiple times”.
Missouri Highway Patrol is now mapping the scene with drone video and will use that for the investigation.
The driver of the car, Radiance Wright, lost control of the car, causing it to roll.
The report says all of the car’s passengers and its driver were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, except for 3-year-old Patience, who later died at Lake Regional Hospital.
The report lists that none of the people in the car were using a “safety device”. That means incorrect use – or none entirely – of a seat belt, car seat or booster seat.
“Our crash report has safety device use as ‘none’ and, please note, that ‘none’ also means improper use of a safety device and all of that is still under investigation,” said Sgt. Scott White with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
“As for specific people, whether or not they were belted, obviously some people did not have a seat belt on,” White said.
“This is a difficult case for a lot of people. you lost five family members that they love very much
Sgt. White says crashes like these can be preventable and that a lot of them are human error.
“Many times in crashes, they are preventable,” said White. “It is because of a human error but, again, that’s why we reconstruct these crashes to find out exactly what occurred, you know, the condition of the driver, the condition of the vehicle.”
Less than 24 hours into the investigation, MSHP is still unsure of what caused Wright to lose control of the car.