Waynesville teen, Dixon woman killed in separate Friday morning wrecks
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 11:57 pm
Tow company personnel work to remove wreckage from a fatality northeast of Richland.
RICHLAND/CROCKER, Mo. (May 14, 2010) — Head-on wrecks with rain-slicked roads killed a Waynesville teenager and a Dixon woman in two separate crashes within an hour of each other Friday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.
Tri-County firefighters from Richland firefighters responded to a 7:05 a.m. wreck on Highway 133 about two miles northeast of Richland, and upon arrival, called for backup from Crocker firefighters and additional ambulances since they believed multiple patients would need to be extricated from the crash, which left a silver 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup rolled over onto its top off the north side of the road and a silver 1999 Chevrolet Lumina on the south lane.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Brittany A. Coffelt, 19, of Waynesville, had been driving the Chevrolet northbound when she crossed the centerline and struck the pickup driven by Terry L. Mitschele, 51, of Crocker, head-on, totaling both vehicles.
Mitschele, who had not been wearing his seat belt, was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon where he was treated for moderate injuries. Ambulance district personnel also transported Coffelt and her passenger, Jonathan P. Coffelt, 24, also of Waynesville, to the same hospital, where Jonathan Coffelt was treated for minor injuries and Brittany Coffelt was pronounced dead by the Laclede County assistant coroner at 9:13 a.m.
Troopers reported that they weren’t sure whether the Coffelts had been wearing their seat belts.
The wreck blocked Highway 133 for more than an hour until Gene’s Towing from Crocker removed the car and Rothmund’s Towing of Waynesville removed the pickup. Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies assisted with traffic control at the crash scene.
Contrary to initial reports, Tri-County firefighters said they eventually had to extricate only a single patient from the wreckage.
Before Tri-County firefighters finished with the Highway 133 wreck, Crocker firefighters were called away for mutual aid to wreck between Crocker and Iberia on Highway 17 north of the Miller County line, where they found another fatal crash.
Troopers reported that at 7:50 a.m., Donna R. Workman, 44, of Dixon, was southbound in a 2005 Chevrolet three miles south of Iberia when a northbound 2004 Pontiac driven by Logan S. Bowman, 22, of Iberia, ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, returned to the road, crossed the center line, and struck Workman’s vehicle head-on, totaling both vehicles.
Workman was transported to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel at 9:40 a.m. Bowman was seriously injured and transported to University Hospital in Columbia. Both had been wearing their seat belts.
Both vehicles were totaled and removed by Hi-Tech Towing of Kaiser. Emergency personnel said the wreck happened with such force that one of the vehicles was torn in half.