Rear-end wreck south of Crocker injures four people Friday afternoon
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
CROCKER, Mo. (Oct. 31, 2009) — An early afternoon rear-end crash on Friday injured four people and damaged three vehicles, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.
Troopers reported that Jo A. Bishop, 55, of Waynesville, and William L. Crawford, 48, of Crocker, were driving northbound on Highway 17 about a mile south of the Crocker city limits when Bishop slowed her 2003 GMC and Crawford slowed his 2001 Ford for congested traffic at 12:35 p.m.
However, another approaching northbound vehicle, a 2007 Ford driven by Gary L. Crawford, 70, also of Crocker, failed to slow for the traffic ahead, ran into Bishop’s vehicle, and that impact caused Bishop’s vehicle to hit the back of William Crawford’s 2001 Ford.
Neither of the drivers of the struck vehicles were hurt. Bishop’s GMC sustained moderate damage and William Crawford’s 2001 Ford sustained minor damage; both were able to drive their vehicles away under their own power. Gary Crawford’s 2007 Ford was extensively damaged and removed by Gene’s Towing.
Bishop’s two passengers, Marsha A. Bishop, 56, of Waynesville, and Valerie A. Lebeda, 58, of Van Horn, Iowa, suffered minor injuries, as did Gary Crawford. All three sought their own treatment, but Gary Crawford’s passenger, Sandra K. Walker-Crawford, 67, of Crocker, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City.
All six people had been wearing their seat belts, troopers reported.
In an unrelated incident:
• State troopers in Pulaski County arrested Ashanti S. Vance, 23, of Waynesville, at 2:47 a.m. Saturday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving, and not having a valid license. Vance was subsequently released.