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SR woman survives ejection during I-44 rollover
SR woman survives ejection during I-44 rollover

Jack's Towing removed this Saturn L300 after a rollover crash on Saturday, Nov. 8.
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2008) — A St. Robert woman suffered moderate injuries after being ejected from her car during a rollover crash Saturday afternoon at mile marker 163 on Interstate 44, less than a mile west of the Highway 28 exit to Dixon.

About 2:50 p.m., St. Robert firefighters and personnel from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Mark Twain REACT responded to a reported rollover crash with possible ejection of one person. Rescue personnel found that Stephanie D. Lees, 28, of St. Robert, had not been wearing her seat belt while eastbound in a red 2004 Saturn L300 with Muskogee Nation license plates from Oklahoma. Troopers reported that Lees had been eastbound on Interstate 44 when she crossed over the centerline, steered back to the right, began to skid, travelled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned several times before Lees was ejected out the driver’s door window. The car was totaled and sustained major damage to its front end and roof, but eventually came to rest on its wheels.

Lees was transported for treatment at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Troopers reported she had no proof of insurance.

In other recent wrecks, a Thursday evening crash in Maries County on Highway W off Highway 28 four miles north of Dixon sent a Dixon woman to the hospital with minor injuries.

Troopers reported that at 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Tabitha L. York, 28, of Dixon, was eastbound in a 2008 Ford Mustang when she ran off the right side of the road and into a ditch. York, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Dixon Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Her vehicle sustained minor damage and was removed by Pro-Tow of Dixon.

Outside the county, a two-vehicle crash on Friday afternoon involving a Richland driver sent a Brumley woman to the hospital.

Troopers reported that at 4 p.m. Friday, Alvin F. Snelling, 81, of Richland, was eastbound in a 1989 Ford Ranger when he struck the rear of a 1996 Ford Ranger driven by Kelly D. Kelley, 33, of Brumley, who was stopped in traffic facing eastbound.

Snelling was not hurt despite not been wearing his seat belt, but Kelley, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach. Both pickups were driven from the scene, Snelling’s with minor damage and Kelley’s with moderate damage.

State troopers reported several recent arrests involving local residents, not all of which were connected to crashes.

At 11:53 p.m. Friday night, troopers arrested James A. Sholes, 23, of Dixon, in Pulaski County on two charges of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. Troopers reported that Sholes was released from custody after bonding.

A few hours later, state troopers in Laclede County arrested Criss A. Davis, 29, a resident of Harker Heights, Texas, who was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood for training, on two charges of speeding and driving while intoxicated. Davis was transported to the Laclede County Jail and subsequently released on bond.

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