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One killed, several injured within minutes on Saturday morning
DIXON/RICHLAND, Mo. (April 4, 2009) — Two separate Saturday morning crashes north of Pulaski County injured two Pulaski County residents and killed a Camdenton woman, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Although unrelated, the crashes occurred just three minutes apart, one in Camden County and the other in Maries County.

The worst of the two wrecks happened at 11:12 a.m. on Highway 5 at Christopher Drive in Camden County. Troopers reported that Phyllis A. Olson, 76, of Camdenton, had stopped her 1990 Honda facing northbound in the roadway waiting to make a left turn when Theodore E. Schlipp, 18, of Lebanon, failed to stop his northbound 1986 Ford and struck the rear end of Olson’s Honda, pushing it into oncoming traffic where it was struck head-on by a 2001 Ford Ranger driven by Linda M. Luckritz, 45, of Richland.

Schlipp was not hurt despite not having worn his seat belt and his vehicle was only moderately damaged. However, OIson was killed and Luckritz was seriously injured, and both of their vehicles were totaled. Both women had been wearing their seat belts, troopers reported.

Luckritz did not have insurance, according to the state patrol report.

All three vehicles were removed by Bledsoe Towing of Camdenton.

Troopers reported that Luckritz was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach. Olson’s body was taken to Hedges Funeral Home in Camdenton after she was pronounced dead at the scene about noon. The crash was the 29th fatality so far this year for Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers reported.

Just minutes later, a one-vehicle crash six miles north of Dixon extensively damaged a 2000 Ford Explorer on Maries County Road 623.

Troopers reported that Nita A. Bowman, 45, of Dixon, had been southbound at 11:15 a.m. when she lost consciousness, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree, causing extensive damage to her vehicle.

Bowman was transported by private vehicle to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital with minor injuries, troopers reported. She had been wearing her seat belt. Her vehicle was removed by family members.

In unrelated incidents, state troopers reported two local arrests late Friday night and early Saturday morning:

• Paul R. Mondloch, 47, of St. Robert, was arrested at 11:04 p.m. Friday on charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and not having insurance. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

• Kristine A. Burkhart, 27, of St. Robert, was arrested at 6:04 a.m. Saturday in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while her license was suspended and careless and imprudent driving. She was released following her arrest.

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