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Accidents kill 14 on Missouri roads over holiday weekend

Monday, December 2, 2002

No fatalities reported in area

SIKESTON -- At least 14 people have died in traffic accidents around the state during the long holiday weekend. However, none of the fatalities were in Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott and Stoddard Counties, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

There were three area accidents with five people injured over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The first area accident occurred Thursday evening as Jerome W. Heisserer, 44, of Oran, failed to stop for a stop sign on Highway 91 at Route P, two miles north of Bell City. Heisserer's vehicle struck the vehicle driven by Selena A. Birkman, 37, of Advance, in the intersection. Birkman's passengers, Rachel L. Birkman, 14, received moderate injuries and Briann G. Keene, 13, and Kristen N. Hitt, 14, sustained serious injuries.

On Sunday morning, Charles M. Turner, 45, of New Madrid, was traveling westbound in New Madrid County on Route D in Catron when he failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle ran off the road and struck a railroad signal box. He received minor injuries.

Later Sunday afternoon in Stoddard County on Newcomers Street, 100 yards west of Bloomfield, Carl A. Lutman, 37, of Bloomfield, was headed westbound when he ran his vehicle off the roadway, struck several trees. The vehicle then caught fire and burned. Lutman was ejected from the vehicle. His passenger, Brandon M. Lutman, 11, sustained moderate injuries.

The 14 statewide deaths occurred as follows:

Eddie Hinkle, 47, of Gordonsville, Va., lost control of his car on a Caldwell County road about 4 a.m. Sunday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. His car went up an embankment and hit a tree. Hinkle was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol said.

Kenneth G. Phelan, 71, and Justin Tedder, 12, both of Bonne Terre, were killed when Phelan's car turned into the path of a pickup truck. Two other people in the car were also injured in the crash, which happened Saturday afternoon on U.S. 67 in Jefferson County, south of St. Louis, the patrol said.

An Appleton City woman died Saturday after her car hit a ditch and overturned in southwest Missouri.

The patrol said a car driven by Raejean Thomas, 43, was headed north on a St. Clair County road when it left the roadway, hit the ditch and overturned, ejecting Thomas. The accident happened about six miles south of Appleton City.

A 6-year-old boy who was a passenger in a tractor-trailer driven by his father was killed Friday when the truck went out of control on Missouri 64 near Bennett Springs and overturned in a ditch. The driver was trapped inside the truck for more than four hours with his son, David McCollum, of Sweet Springs, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol said.

Two pedestrians died near St. Louis on Friday. A woman crossing Interstate 44 on foot at Interstate 270 was struck and killed by a van Friday evening. The victim was identified as Darlene A. Kramer, 49, of Washington, Mo. And a man was struck in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near Memorial Drive in St. Louis. He was not identified.

Noble J. McFann, 83, of Myrtle, died Friday after his vehicle crossed the centerline on Missouri 142 near Thayer and struck two other vehicles.

Herbert Willis, 74, of Camdenton, was killed Thursday evening when the car he was driving crossed the center line on Missouri 5 near Lebanon, sideswiped another vehicle and hit a pickup truck head on, according to the patrol.

Joshua Standeford, 22, of Oakville, was killed early Thursday when a pickup truck heading north on southbound Interstate 55 collided with the car Standeford was driving, St. Louis police said.

Raymond Hartley, 22, of Holts Summit, and David Watson, 22, of Jefferson City, died early Thursday after the car Hartley was driving went off a Callaway County road near Holts Summit. The vehicle went down an embankment and overturned and both men were thrown out.

Althea Schmid, 34, of House Springs, was killed when the sport utility vehicle she was driving hit a tree along U.S. 50 near Loose Creek Thursday.

Editha Schwartzkopf, 39, of Princeton, died Wednesday evening following a crash on U.S. 136 in northern Missouri, near Bethany. Schwartzkopf was driving east when a westbound pickup truck crossed the center line and struck her car, causing it to catch fire, the patrol said.

Last year 16 people were killed on Missouri roads during the Thanksgiving travel period, which runs from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.