Troopers release holiday accident stats

No traffic fatalities were reported during the Independence Day holiday in Callaway County, but there were three in the state. Missouri Highway Patrol officials also said there were two drownings.

In Callaway County, several arrests and a vehicle accident were reported.

At 2:45 p.m. July 4, three were reported injured in a crash on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 153-mile marker. A 2015 Toyota Camry driven by Derek C. Schulze, 39, of Cuba, went off the left side of the road, struck an emergency crossover and went airborne. The car flipped three times. Troopers did not report injuries to the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, but three occupants were reported injured. None of them were in seatbelts. Occupants included Delores D. Poindexter, 12, of St. Louis; Aimee E. Schulze, 28, of Clinton; and Sherry J. Watson, 48, of St. Louis.

Also, troopers arrested Eric L. Watson, 21, of Holts Summit, at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. He was charged with driving while suspended, speeding and no seatbelt, and placed in Callaway County Jail.

Other arrests include:

Charles R. Winscott, 35, of Fulton, arrested at 10:41 p.m. July 4. Charged with first offense driving while intoxicated and exceeding the posted speed limit 20-25 mph over, and placed in the county jail.

Emery T. Morris, 27, of St. Louis, arrested at 8:30 p.m. July 4 on a misdemeanor Christian County warrant for failure to appear, original charge of driving while revoked or suspended. Placed in the county jail.

Angel K. Michael, 39, of O'Fallon, arrested at 5:25 p.m. July 4 on misdemeanor St. Charles Department of Corrections warrants for driving while revoked and driving while intoxicated, plus exceeding posted speed limit and driving while revoked. She was placed in the county jail.

Brittany L. Taylor, 31, of Fulton, arrested at 10:10 a.m. July 3. Charges: Possession of a controlled substance (clonazepam), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to register motor vehicle, owner failure to maintain valid proof of insurance. Placed in the county jail.

Kenneth W. Trimble, 49, of Fulton, arrested at 10:05 a.m. July 3 in Cole County on a felony Callaway County warrant for failure to appear (bad check charges). Placed in the Cole County Jail.

The Highway Patrol reported the following 2018 July Fourth holiday statistics:

Traffic Statistics:

Crashes - 114

Injuries - 59

Fatalities - 3

DWI - 40

Drug arrests - 38

Boating Statistics:

Crashes - 5

Injuries - 2

Fatalities - 0

Drownings - 2

BWI - 3

Drug arrests - 8

The 2018 July Fourth holiday counting period ran from 6 p.m. July 3 to 11:59 p.m. July 4.

During the 102-hour counting period in 2017, 26 people were killed and 469 injured statewide in 1,076 traffic crashes. Over the 2017 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 172 people for driving while intoxicated.

The Highway Patrol investigated one fatal traffic crash occurring within the 2018 July Fourth counting period. The Kansas City Police Department investigated two traffic fatalities. The fatality crash troopers investigated occurred in the Troop G, Willow Springs area. The remaining fatalities occurred in the Troop A, Kansas City area.

There were no fatal traffic crashes reported on July 3.

Three fatalities occurred on July 4. Austin C. King, 22, of Smithton, Illinois, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck a deer in the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road, and struck a guard rail. The crash occurred in Reynolds County, on Missouri 21 north of Ellington. King was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Reynolds County Assistant Coroner Tom Stout pronounced King deceased.

Nicholas J. Bowman, 29, of Blue Springs, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck a curb. Bowman and a passenger were ejected. The crash occurred in Jackson County as Bowman was exiting Interstate 35 to 12th Street. The passenger sustained serious injuries in the crash. It is unknown whether Bowman and his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Kansas City Police Department officers investigated.

Derrick D. Iverson, 41, of Kansas City, died when the motorcycle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve in the road, left the road and struck a curb, continued through the median, and struck a tree. The crash occurred in Jackson County at 104th Street and Holmes Road. It is unknown whether Iverson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Kansas City Police Department officers investigated.

Two people drowned during the 2018 July 4 holiday counting period.

Cole J. Duffell, 19, of Chesterfield, drowned after he jumped off an embankment into a quarry in Madison County north of Fredericktown. Madison County Coroner Collin Follis pronounced Duffell deceased. Cape Girardeau County Dive Team also responded to the scene. Duffell was recovered at 5:18 p.m. July 4.

Eric A. Dietrich, 13, of Geneseo, Illinois, drowned after jumping off a vessel. The drowning occurred in Camden County at the 21-mile marker of the Osage Arm in Salt Hollow Cove at Lake of the Ozarks. Medical Examiner Crystal Lloyd pronounced Dietrich deceased. Mid-County Fire Department and Dive Team also responded to the scene. Dietrich was recovered at 8:47 p.m. July 4.