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Weekend wrecks send five to hospitals
CROCKER/SWEDEBORG/EDGAR SPRINGS, Mo. (Aug. 24, 2009) — Three weekend wrecks totaled two vehicles, damaged an ATV, and sent five people to area hospitals, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

A Saturday afternoon ATV crash on Blue Jay Road a half-mile west of Crocker caused extensive damage to a 1999 Polaris ATV and major injuries to both riders. Troopers reported that Christopher M. Haggith, 19, of Dixon, had been northbound on Blue Jay Road at 6:55 p.m. when he began sliding on the gravel road, ran off the left side of the roadway, and overturned, ejecting both Haggith and his passenger, Elizabeth K. Faulkner, 19, of Crocker.

Neither ATV rider had been wearing helmets. Both were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Haggith with moderate injuries and Faulkner with serious injuries. The ATV was removed from the crash site by its owner.

Haggith did not have insurance, according to state patrol reports.

Shortly before midnight on Sunday, Randall R. Ludtke, 54, of Waynesville, totaled his 2005 GMC when he was driving on Highway 63 about two miles north of Edgar Springs. Troopers reported that Ludtke had been southbound when he reached down to retrieve an item from his vehicle at 11:55 p.m., swerved off the roadway, struck a guardrail, continued down an embankment and struck a tree, totaling his vehicle.

Ludtke, who had been wearing his seatbelt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. His vehicle was removed by Ron Dishman’s Towing of Rolla.

Slightly more than two hours later, troopers responded to Boston Road about a mile and a half north of Swedeborg where they found a 1986 Ford F-150 pickup truck propped against a guardrail. According to state patrol reports, Dennis A. McMurtrey, 49, of Crocker, had been northbound at 2:05 a.m. when he skidded in a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a concrete barrier, and his pickup landed on its side against a guardrail.

McMurtrey and his passenger, Shawn A. Pierce, 33, also of Crocker, both suffered serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon for treatment. Neither had been wearing their seat belts.

The pickup was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing of Waynesville.

In unrelated weekend incidents, state troopers made four arrests on Sunday and one early Monday morning:

• Erick Carrasco, 22, of St. Robert, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 1:38 a.m. Sunday on a Rolla Police Department warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of following another vehicle too closely. Carrasco was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

• Stella M. Harper, 32, of Waynesville, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 1:40 a.m. Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated. Harper was transported to the Waynesville police station and subsequently released.

• Marcin Radwan, 29, of Rolla, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 1:55 a.m. Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated, first offense, and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. Radwan was transported to the Phelps County Jail where he was subsequently released.

• David A. Kwiatkowski, 43, of St. Louis, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 4:55 p.m. Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender, speeding, and failure to stop for a posted stop sign. Kwiatkowski was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.

• Early Monday morning, troopers in Pulaski County arrested James T. Narvarro, 23, of Richland, at 12:43 a.m. on charges of misdemeanor assault and of violating an ex-parte no-contact order. Narvarro was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 12-hour hold.

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