Accidents happen every day, and some are more devastating than others. The following are just a few examples of what’s been happening lately on Missouri’s highways and roads.
Jefferson City, Missouri Car Accident
On August 1, 2015, three teenagers and one adult were killed in a fiery accident. The police report that two cars were traveling on US Highway 54 just prior to midnight. The westbound car hit the eastbound car head on, and the car traveling westbound overturned. The driver was ejected from that car and the car caught fire.
Both drivers, Miriah McDaniel, 17, and Kathryn Zavoral, 27, died at the crash site. The two passengers in McDaniel’s car, Elizabeth Moses, 17, and Megan Flowler, 13, were also pronounced dead at the crash site. Police say none of them were wearing a seat belt.
Benton County, Missouri Accident
On August 2, 2015, a man was killed after his car hit a telephone pole. 26-year-old Dimitri Balaban was driving his 2001 Infiniti on Dillon road around 10:45pm. Police say he was traveling west when his car went off the road and into an embankment. The car then hit a telephone pole and turned over several times. It was not known if Balaban was wearing his seatbelt. The coroner pronounced Balaban dead at the scene.
St. Louis, Missouri Car Accident involving Joe Williams
On July 26, 2015, Joe Williams, 56, the film critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was killed in a car crash. Williams was traveling Southbound on Highway 67 around 6:30 in the evening when he veered to far too the left, over-corrected, and drove the car into a ditch. Police say the car came to a rest on its roof. Williams was wearing his seatbelt at the time. It is believed he was on his way to the Starlite Drive-In Theater in Cadet, MO.
Union, Missouri Car Accident
On July 22, 2015, one person was killed when a concrete mixer hit a small car head-on in Franklin County. The accident occurred at about 2:30 in the afternoon on Highway 47. A witness said the cars were extremely mangled and it was a horrible sight. Highway 47 was shut down in both directions for several hours.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that a small orange car was stopped northbound when police state that the driver of a white Ford Escape was not paying close attention and slammed into the back of the orange car, pushing it into oncoming traffic. At that time, the concrete mixer, traveling southbound, hit the orange car head-on, killing the driver.
The concrete truck was not full but it was still very heavy. Several tow trucks were called to the scene. It took two tow trucks, one with a crane, to get the concrete truck off the side of the road. The crash reconstruction team then started its investigation. Late that night, police released the name of the person killed in the crash. Jared Gandy, 34, of Grey Summit, was the driver of the orange car and was fatally injured. A 79-year-old, Union, Missouri woman, was the one driving the Ford Escape that hit Gandy’s orange car, shoving him into oncoming traffic. Injuries to the woman and the concrete truck driver were said to be moderate. The local prosecutor will determine if charges will be filed in this horrible accident.
Saint Louis, Missouri Car Accident Personal Injury Attorney
Accidents can happen at any time. If your loved one was hurt or killed in an accident, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your claim and negotiate with the insurance company.