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Two Thursday crashes injure five from area

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 21, 2008) — Two Thursday afternoon crashes injured area residents, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

A two-vehicle wreck on Highway 17 southwest of Fort Leonard Wood near a road leading to Fairview Baptist Church sent four people to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon.

Waynesville firefighters received a report of a personal injury crash blocking traffic at 2:45 p.m. Emergency medical personnel found the wreck near the junction of Sterling Road a few miles from the Laclede-Pulaski county line and initially called Hazelgreen firefighters to set up a helicopter landing zone at the Laquey helipad, but cancelled that request after paramedics determined that the patients could be transported by ambulance.

Troopers reported that Charlee J. Hildebrand, 17, of Plato, had been southbound on Highway 17 in a 1997 Jeep when she rear-ended a southbound 2001 Chevrolet driven by Wendy L. Wood, 32, of Laquey, who had slowed down to make a left-hand turn.

Wood, who had not been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon but her vehicle was moderately damaged and removed by Jack’s Towing of St. Robert.

Hildebrand and her two passengers, Cory D. Huff, 17, and Stetson L. Turner, 18, both of Success, were transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon. Hildebrand and Huff had been wearing their seatbelts and suffered only minor injuries; Turner had not been wearing his seatbelt and had moderate injuries.

Hildebrand’s vehicle was extensively damaged and removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

Outside the immediate area, Tri-County firefighters from Richland responded to a rollover crash on Highway T in Camden County off Highway 7 west of Richland. Initial reports indicated that Tri-County firefighters from Richland were dispatched to the wreck about 7:50 p.m. and found a vehicle on its side with the injured driver still in the vehicle.

Troopers reported that Richard Sisto, 61, of Camdenton, was seriously injured when his northbound 1991 Plymouth Voyager ran off the right side of Highway T about seven-tenths of a mile south of Highway 7, and rolled over several times. Troopers reported they didn’t know whether Sisto had been wearing his seat belt.

Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics responded and transported Sisto to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach. His van was totaled and removed by Larry’s Towing of Richland.

Sisto had no proof of insurance, troopers reported. He was arrested at 8:37 p.m. on charges of driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender but released at the hospital.

Other recent traffic stops also resulted in arrests, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Troopers reported that they arrested two people Thursday morning in Camden County. Mark A. Wilson, 50, of Richland, was arrested at 10 a.m. in Camden County on a felony burglary warrant from Baxter County, Ark., and troopers also cited him for not wearing a seat belt. At 9:15 a.m., Jacob M. Ewald, 20, of Dixon, was arrested in Camden County on a misdemeanor Callaway County warrant for failure to display valid plates and for no tail lights. Both were taken to the Camden County jail where Wilson was held with no bond but Ewald was eligible for bond as of Friday morning.

Earlier in the week, troopers in Miller County arrested Bradley R. Baxter, 18, of Dixon, at 11:15 p.m. Monday on felony warrant from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office for stealing and receiving stolen property. Baxter was taken to the Miller County Jail where he was eligible for bond as of Friday morning.

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