Gene Whittle of Gene’s Towing works to pull a car out of a creek.
CROCKER/SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Aug. 22, 2009) — A sleepy driver totaled his car but avoided serious injury Friday night despite careening into a creek outside Crocker and landing upside down.
Kurt M. Willis, 20, of Murfreeboro, Tenn., called 911 dispatchers about 11:15 p.m. to report that he had managed to get out of his overturned car after crashing about a mile northwest of Crocker on Highway U. When Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics and Crocker firefighters arrived, they found his navy blue Crown Victoria on its top in the creek but determined that Willis hadn’t suffered significant injuries beyond some minor bleeding.
Trooper Chase Stallcup of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said no citations are planned.
“He told me he fell asleep, he woke up and he was on the gravel road (east of here), Belle Road, and ran off onto the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway, overturned, and his car came to rest on its top in the creek,” Stallcup said.
Gene’s Towing pulled the car out of the creek and then brought a second tow truck with rollback capabilities to remove it from the roadway. Traffic was blocked from the time of the crash until 12:37 a.m. due to emergency vehicles on the roadway.
Earlier Friday evening, state troopers, Waynesville firefighters, Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel and Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a wreck on Zeigenbein Road about a half-mile outside the St. Robert city limits from which all the vehicle occupants had fled. The wreck was eventually located on Laramie Road.
Trooper W. Collins said the crash involved only a single car and all the occupants eventually came back to the vehicle.
According to state patrol reports, Michael L. Warren, 37, of St. Robert, had been northbound on Laramie at 10:45 p.m. in a 1996 Jeep Cherokee when he began skidding and sliding on the gravel road, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch.
Warren was not hurt but two passengers, Eric E. Brown, 21, and David A. Timmons, 20, both of St. Robert, suffered moderate injuries and were transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. None of the three had been wearing their seat belts. The Jeep was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.
In other state patrol arrests on Saturday in Pulaski County:
• Troopers arrested Jose R. Fuentes-Lopez, 29, of St. Robert, at 1:48 a.m. on charges of careless and imprudent driving, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, driving while his license was revoked, and driving while intoxicated. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 12-hour hold.
• Troopers arrested Latasha D. Anderson, 27, of St. Louis, at 11:30 p.m. on three felony warrants from Jefferson City as a parole absconder, from St. Louis on a probation violation and from Greene County for dangerous drugs. Troopers transported her to the Pulaski County Jail where she was held without bond.