Two drivers injured by single-vehicle wrecks during Halloween weekend

Darrell Todd Maurina

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 2, 2009) — The Halloween weekend was mostly quiet, but included several crashes in Saint Robert and south of Fort Leonard Wood, as well as two driving-related arrests by state troopers.

The weekend’s first wreck happened shortly before midnight on Saturday when, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Anthony J. Gifford, 25, of Waynesville, was eastbound on Highway Z about a half-mile east of the St. Robert city limits, crossed the center line at 11:50 a.m. in a 1997 Ford Escort, ran off the left side of the roadway, overturned, struck an embankment, and came to rest in the westbound lanes.

Gifford, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The vehicle he was driving was totaled and removed by Jack’s Garage.

Troopers reported that Gifford was cited for driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended, and careless and imprudent driving. He was arrested at 12:06 a.m., transported to the Pulaski County Jail, and subsequently released.

The weekend’s second wreck with injuries happened at 5:38 p.m. Sunday on Highway 17 about eight miles north of Evening Shade when Katherine L. King, 23, of Dixon, was driving her 2005 Jeep Liberty southbound, failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway south of Fort Leonard Wood.

King, who had been wearing her seatbelt, was airlifted to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment of moderate injuries. Her car was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing.

Roby firefighters also assisted at the crash scene.

Troopers also arrested a Fort Leonard Wood man at 4 p.m. Sunday on felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Cory F. Bove, 22, was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold. No information was released by troopers about the nature of the accident; that’s standard when a crash doesn’t cause injuries.

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