Area law enforcement made an extra effort over the holiday weekend to keep the roads safe.
According to Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop F, troopers participated in Operation CARE (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) from Friday through Monday.
This means every available officer was on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.
Troop F reported zero fatal traffic crashes, but investigated 33 traffic crashes that included 13 injuries. Troopers made 20 DWI arrests.
One of the crashes occurred Sunday in Callaway County, moderately injuring two Muskego, Wisconsin, residents.
Lee Schmelling, 62, was driving westbound on U.S. 54 near the Auxvasse Creek bridge when his 2003 Harley Davidson traveled off the roadway.
The Harley crossed the median and eastbound lanes and was totaled after striking a tree, according to the crash report. He and his wife, Karen Schmeling, 62, were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
“Even though this major holiday period has ended, we want to urge motorists and boaters to continue to drive safely whether it’s on the highways or waterways,” Turner said. “Our troopers work very hard to keep the motoring and boating public safe.”
Elsewhere in the state, nine people died in traffic crashes over the weekend, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol. Last year, nine people were killed during the three-day weekend.
The Missouri Highway Patrol investigated 294 traffic crashes which included 124 injuries and eight of the fatalities. Troopers also arrested 121 people for driving while intoxicated and made 102 drug arrests.
No traffic fatalities occurred Friday during the counting period. Five people died in traffic crashes Saturday.
Kristen D. Moore, 18, of Independence, died when a possible vehicle defect caused the vehicle to skid and travel off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle overturned multiple times and came to rest on the grassy embankment. Moore and three passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, they were all ejected from the vehicle. The three passengers sustained serious injuries. A fourth passenger was wearing a seat belt and was not ejected. The fourth passenger sustained serious injuries.
The crash occurred in Saline County on Interstate 70 at the 68-mile marker. Moore was pronounced deceased at Centerpoint Medical Center. The Sweet Springs Police Department and the Saline County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene of the crash.
Jerald R. McDaniel, 38, of Bethany, died when the motorcycle he was riding began skidding, overturned, crossed the center line and came to rest off the west side of the roadway. McDaniel was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest off the east side of the roadway. Harrison County Coroner pronounced McDaniel dead at the scene. The crash occurred on southbound Interstate 35 at the 98.8-mile marker, north of Bethany. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and NTA Ambulance also responded to the scene.
Christopher H. Kent, 48, of St. Louis, and Anthony J. Nolda, 62, of St. Louis, died when the vehicle Kent was driving traveled off the right side of the road and struck a mailbox, then re-entered the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road, overturned and struck a utility pole. Neither Kent nor Nolda were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Sullivan EMS personnel pronounced Kent deceased at the scene. Nolda was pronounced deceased at Missouri Baptist Hospital. The crash occurred in Franklin County on westbound Route W, east of Twin Springs Road. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.
Alan Landis, 79, of St. Louis, died when another vehicle struck the motorized scooter he was operating. Landis was ejected from the motorized scooter. He was pronounced dead at Mercy South Hospital. The other driver was not injured in the crash; he was wearing his seat belt. The crash occurred in St. Louis County, near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Barracksview Road. The St. Louis County Police Department investigated the crash.
Three people died in traffic crashes Sunday.
Charles W. Ridenour, 48, of Cadet, died when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. Ridenour was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured; he was not wearing a seat belt. A passenger in the second vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash; she was wearing a seat belt. Ridenour was pronounced deceased at Washington County Memorial Hospital. The crash occurred on Missouri 21, south of Thomlinson Road.
Ruth King, 88, of Wichita, Kansas, died when the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger went off the roadway into the median, crossed the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. King was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver was not wearing a seat belt; he sustained serious injuries. The accident occurred on Interstate 44, west of Halltown. King was pronounced deceased at Mercy Hospital.
Larry G. Kelly, 75, of Kansas City, Kansas, died when the driver of a second vehicle crossed into the path of Kelly’s vehicle and struck its front. Kelly was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was not wearing a seat belt; she sustained serious injuries in the crash. A passenger in the second vehicle was wearing a seat belt; she sustained serious injuries in the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri 9, after Riss Lake Drive. The Parkville Police Department also responded to the scene.
One person was pronounced dead due to a traffic crash on Monday. Richard Watson, 23, died when the motorcycle he was riding traveled off the right side of the road and overturned. Watson was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in some trees. The crash occurred in the westbound lane of Missouri 210, after Route EE. It is unknown what day or time the crash occurred; Watson was reported missing on Monday. Watson was pronounced deceased Monday at the scene. The Ray County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene.
Troopers assigned to Lake of the Ozarks worked extended shifts during the Memorial Day weekend. There were zero boating fatalities and zero drownings in Troop F. Troopers investigated five boating crashes involving six injuries. Troopers arrested six people for boating while intoxicated.