Four wrecks last week injure six people near or from Saint Robert
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
St. Robert city police don't yet have a report on this Friday crash that injured two people in front of the Road Ranger truck stop.
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2009) — Four separate crashes last week near St. Robert or involving St. Robert residents wrecked seven vehicles and sent six people to area hospitals with a variety of injuries.
All but one of the wrecks happened just outside the Pulaski County borders.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, April M. Adams, 19, of Cuba, had been westbound on Interstate 44 just east of the Phelps/Pulaski county line eight miles away from St. Robert when she ran her 1998 Chrysler off the left side of the roadway at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, struck the median cable barrier, and caused extensive damage to her vehicle while suffering moderate injuries herself.
Adams was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Her vehicle was removed by Jack’s Towing of St. Robert.
On Thursday, St. Robert resident Lori L. Peterson, 47, was driving her 2003 Ford Taurus southbound on Highway 17 southwest of Fort Leonard Wood two miles north of the Texas-Laclede county line when she ran off the right edge of the road at 2:10 p.m., overcorrected, skidded off the left side of the road, and struck an embankment.
Peterson, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported by St. John’s Ambulance personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Her car was sustained moderate damage and was towed by Arrington Automotive of Evening Shade.
Sgt. Butch Hohman of the St. Robert Police Department said this week that he doesn’t yet have complete information about a Friday afternoon crash in front of the Road Ranger truck stop at the junction of Highway 28 and Interstate 44 that sent two people to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital with undetermined injuries.
Based on information gathered at the crash scene, a black Dodge Caliber SUV and a white Ford F-150 pickup both sustained front-end damage about 2:10 p.m.
The Dodge sustained the worst damage with extensive crumpling of the engine compartment and came to rest facing westbound in the eastbound lane of Highway 28; both patients who were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel were from that vehicle. The Ford pickup, which ended up blocking the entrance to the truck stop, had less serious damage to the driver’s side front end and its driver was not transported.
Personnel from Jack’s Towing removed both vehicles. St. Robert firefighters also assisted at the crash scene.
No information on the names of the drivers, any citations, or the crash narrative was immediately available from police.
Last week’s final wreck involving St. Robert residents happened on Saturday in Phelps County when Frances L. Skouby, 61, of St. Robert, was eastbound approaching the stop sign at the intersection of Eisenhower and Highway T in Doolittle at 11:02 a.m., pulled his 2001 Buick Regal into the path of a northbound 1995 Geo Prism driven by Laurance E. Lee, 43, of Newburg, and was struck. Skouby’s vehicle then spun and struck a westbound 2005 Dodge Ram driven by Barbara A. Guyton, 48, of Doolittle.
Skouby and Lee both suffered minor injuries and were transported by Phelps County Ambulance personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment; Guyton was not hurt. Skouby and Guyton had been wearing their seat belts but Lee was not.
The cars driven by Skouby and Lee both sustained moderate damage; Skouby’s Buick was removed by C&C Towing and Lee’s Geo was removed by Ron Dishman Towing. Guyton’s pickup sustained only minor damage and she was able to drive it away.
In an unrelated incident, state troopers reported that they arrested a Dixon resident, Benjamin B. Woody, 20, at 11:57 p.m. Friday in Maries County on charges of driving while intoxicated, first offense, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Woody was transported to Maries County facilities and subsequently released.