JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports at least seven traffic deaths in the state during the Christmas holiday weekend.
From 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the patrol investigated 499 traffic crashes, which included 142 injuries and four of the seven fatalities. Troopers arrested 92 people for driving while intoxicated.
Troopers investigated four fatal crashes, Crystal City police investigated one fatality accident and St. Louis police recorded two fatalities.
Three of fatal crashes occurred on Christmas Eve and one took place on Christmas Day.
Locally, a Bowling Green man died in a single-vehicle accident near Charleston.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 8:10 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 60, two-tenths of a mile west of Charleston. The westbound vehicle driven by Garry G. Robinett, 57, of Bowling Green, reportedly ran off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected, drove across the centerline and overcorrected, then ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.
Robinett was pronounced dead at the scene by Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker.
The body was taken by Parker to McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.