Two Saturday evening crashes damage three vehicles on I-44, injure two
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
State troopers and Waynesville firefighters inspect a rolled-over pickup from I-44.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 5, 2009) — Two separate Saturday evening wrecks on Interstate 44 damaged three vehicles and sent two people to area hospitals with injuries.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Steven V. Addison, 35, of Fort Leonard Wood, had been attempting to merge into westbound traffic on Interstate 44 in Rolla at 5:35 p.m. when his 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was struck in the rear end by a 1995 Mitsubishi driven by Blake A. Davis, 17, of Rolla.
Neither driver was hurt but Addison’s passenger, 6-year-old Kaylanyi A. Addison, also of Fort Leonard Wood, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla.
Addison’s Tahoe sustained only minor damage and was driven from the crash scene. Davis’ Mitsubishi sustained moderate damage and was removed by Dishman Towing of Rolla. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and the injured child was in a child restraint device.
Just five minutes later and twenty miles away, troopers received a report of a rollover wreck in the median of Interstate 44 east of St. Robert. When they arrived at mile marker 165.4, they found a white 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck had rolled over onto its passenger side and was leaning against the median guard cables.
While extrication was needed, Waynesville Deputy Fire Chief Andy Baker said the damage wasn’t that bad and state troopers eventually listed the pickup damage as extensive rather than totaled, which is usually the case when extrication is required. The driver, Jeffery A. Jacques, 50, of Kimberling City, suffered moderate injuries even though he had not been wearing his seat belt and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon.
“He wasn’t hurt that bad; he was standing up so we took out the back window and cut the headrests off and got him out; it only took us about 10 minutes,” Baker said.
Extrication was completed at 5:59 p.m. following which Rothmunds’ Towing pulled the pickup onto its wheels and towed it away.
Troopers later reported that Jacques had been westbound at 5:40 p.m. when he ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, stopping against the cables.
In unrelated incidents:
• Donald R. Cain, 49, of Dixon, was arrested at 12:46 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, by state troopers in St. Charles County for two outstanding warrants, one from Camden County for the traffic offense of failure to register a vehicle and one from Laclede County for larceny. Troopers transported him to the St. Charles County Jail where he was eligible for bond.
• Stephen A. McGhghy, 21, of Dixon, was arrested at 1:54 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, by state troopers in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, no proof of insurance and no seat belt. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released.