Four wrecks so far involve Pulaski County drivers on Memorial Weekend
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 2:33 pm
A Saturday morning rollover wreck in St. Robert was the first of four wrecks so far involving Pulaski County drivers on Memorial Weekend.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 25, 2009) — As of early Monday afternoon, state and local law enforcement agencies have reported four Memorial Day weekend wrecks in Pulaski County or other counties involving Pulaski County residents.
St. Robert police released a report Sunday afternoon on a Saturday morning rollover wreck at the corner of Old Route 66 and Plattner Avenue that sent five people to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment. According to Officer Victor Weir’s police report, Thomas L. Nanney, 29, of St. Robert, had pulled from a stop sign on Plattner Avenue about 10:35 a.m. in a Chevy Blazer, looked to the right, failed to see an approaching 1999 Ford Escort coming from the left, and entered the roadway directly in front of an approaching 1999 Ford Escort driven by David A. Gains, 46, also of St. Robert, which caused Gains’ car to hit Nanney’s van with enough force that it caused the van to roll over onto its side.
Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel treated five people at the scene and transported them to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla with undetermined injuries, according to Weir.
Those people were transported in three different ambulances. Weir’s report indicated that the people injured were Janice A. Stukey, 29, Alyssa Nanney, 3, Bethanie Nanney, 6, Allassa Stukey, 7, and Young Choe, 54, all of St. Robert.
All people in both vehicles had been wearing their seat belts, Weir reported. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage; the van had rolled into its passenger side and the car had front-end damage. Both were removed by Jack’s Towing of St Robert.
Two additional St. Robert officers, as well as St. Robert firefighters and two troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, also assisted at the crash scene.
Two wrecks on Sunday totaled one vehicle in a rollover south of Richland but caused only minor damage and injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 17 near Buckhorn.
The worst of the two wrecks happened at 2:13 p.m. when Serena N. Wagenknecht, 21, of the city of Nevada, was northbound on Highway 7 about six miles south of Richland in a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, ran off the left side of the road, struck a tree and overturned. Wagenknecht, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.
Her vehicle was removed by Jack’s Towing in St. Robert.
About two hours later, the same trooper responded to a two-vehicle crash about a mile south of the Waynesville city limits on Highway 17 at Buckhorn involving a 1999 Buick driven by Ruth A. Pippin, 65, of Naylor, and a 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Chris N. Rude, 51, of Devil’s Elbow. Troopers reported that Rude had been stopped in the southbound lane at 4:14 p.m. waiting to make a left turn when his motorcycle was struck in the rear by Pippin’s car.
Pippin was not hurt but Rude, who had been wearing his helmet, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics. Pippin had been wearing her seat belt, troopers reported.
Both vehicles sustained only minor damage and were driven from the scene.
An earlier Memorial Weekend wreck happened Saturday outside Pulaski County but involved two St. Robert men, Robert M. Dowling, 28, and Nolan B. Mosier, 26, and has previously been reported. Both were moderately injured and their vehicle was extensively damaged in a 9:30 a.m. wreck a mile west of Rolla.
State troopers reported only one arrest so far this weekend in Pulaski County.
At 12:03 a.m. Sunday, troopers arrested Allen H. Adkins, 47, of Hartville, on charges of tampering with a motor vehicle. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.