Missouri Fatal Crash/Accident Victims Involving Teenage Drivers in 2008

Except to family and friends of these victims, telling teens nearly 200 of their peers will die in 2008
means very little. It is hoped seeing the names and faces make these tragedies a reality.
Teens - The teens listed here had hopes, dreams, desires - just like you.
Only one mistake makes them different.


Date

Victim(s) and Briefly what happened

Hometown

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12-28

A

18 year old Bailey Mitchell in Lawrence County, MO (lost control of vehicle, ran off roadway and struck tree) Marionville MHP

N1


12-27

A
A

17 year old Levi Clark and 63 year old Linda Wall in Pulaski County, MO (vehicle crossed centerline and struck another head on, killing both drivers. Linda was a retired school teacher, and wife of the town mayor, Levi was a cancer survivor (non-hodgkins lymphoma). Levi had been a student to Linda's son, who is also a teacher and coach at Cricker.) Crocker
Richland
MHP

N1


12-26

A

20 year old Michael Flint in Dent County, MO (swerved to avoid turning vehicle, into path of vehicle driven by 18 year old, who was seriously injured in head on collision) Salem MHP

N1


12-25

A

20 year old Kathryn Houlihan "Katie" in Franklin, MO (vehicle driving wrong way on highway strikes Katie's vehicle head on. Both drivers killed.) Pacific MHP

Y1


12-23

A
V


Kelly

Chelsea

20 year old Kelly Masters and 19 year old Chelsea To in Clay County, MO (lost control on ice covered road, crossed across median, struck oncoming vehicle) Nevada
Nevada
MHP

Y2


12-15

A
V
V


Aubrey

James

17 year old Aubrey Heath, 21 year old John Sauvain, and 19 year old James Williams in Clay County, MO (accident happened on unk date and time, vehicle ran off roadway, struck retaining wall, came to rest on top) Kearney
Holt
Holt
MHP

N3


12-14

A

19 year old Jeremy Matzker in Wayne County, MO (ran off roadway and struck tree) Patterson MHP

N1


12-12

A

16 year old Jordan Craig in Cooper County, MO (failed to negotiate a curve, ran off roadway, struck embankment, overturned) Boonville MHP

N2


12-12

V

17 year old Megan Kitchen in Clay County, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old loses control while cresting a hill, overturned several times, went thru fence, struck tree, came to rest back on roadway) Smithville MHP

Y3


12-09

A

20 year old Richard Williams "Matt" in Greene County, MO (lost control on icey road, spun into path of semi) Nixa News- Leader

U1


12-05

A

19 year old Joseph DeMarco "Joe" in Lincoln County, MO (failed to negotiate curve, ran off roadway, struk two trees. Two occupants were wearing seatbelts and suffered moderate injuries) O'Fallon MHP

N1
Y2


11/27 - 59 year old Glenda Dowler, science teacher with the Lee's Summit High School, is killed when she over-corrects and her vehicle overturns, ejecting her  


11-26

A
V


Corey

Emily

17 year old Corey Martin and 15 year old Emily Debrine in Vernon County, MO (vehicle driven by 74 year old attempting to pass a third vehicle, struck victim's vehicle head-on) (Emily Ann Debrine Foundation here) Nevada
Nevada

MHP

N2


11-19

A

16 year old Cole Benfield in Bollinger County, MO (lost control of vehicle on a curve, slid off the left side of the road, struck several trees and a utility pole, ejected) Glenallen MHP

N1


11-17

A

18 year old Derek Whitehead in Miller County, MO (ran off left side of road, down steep embankment, struck a tree) Ozark, AR MHP

N1


11-12

A

16 year old Anne Curry in Cass County, MO (ran off roadway on curve, overturned numerous times, struck tree) Pleasant Hill MHP

Y1


11-10

A

19 year old Debra Ralston and unborn baby in Lawrence County, MO (oncoming vehicle crossed centerline and struck victim's vehciel head-on) South Greenfield MHP

Y3


11-9

V

29 year old Jason Haight in Carrol County, MO (vehicle driven by 20 year old runs off roadway and overturns, ejecting both driver and passenger) Carrollton MHP

N2


11-9

V

21 year old Ashley Parks in Camden County, MO (vehicle driven by 20 year old runs off road on curve, strikes fence and overturns, victim patially ejected) Gravois Mills MHP

N2


11-2

V

57 year old Larry Franks in Miller County, MO (driver made left turn into path of veicle driven by 16 year old, who was seriously injured, as were 2 others in vehciel #1) Meta MHP

U1


11-2

M

40 year old Ronnie Dunlap in Barry County, MO (homemade go cart drove into path of vehicle driven by 17 year old) Mt Vernon MHP

Y1


11-1

A

V

44 year old Richard Kreiss and 67 year old Arlo Kreiss in Scotland County, MO (vehicle driven by 19 year old failed to stop at stop sign, striking vehicle #2 in the side, then striking vehicle #3, which was stopped at intersection. Victims in #3, driver of #2 seriously injured) Keosauqua, IA
Keosauqua, IA
MHP

Y1


11-1

A

27 year old Darrell Collins in Jackson County, MO (victim drove into path of vehicle driven by 18 year old and 4 passengers). Independence MHP

Y2
N3


10-31

A

19 year old Candace Jenson in Springfield, MO (crossed median in storm, struck by two other vehicles) Nixa News Leader

N1


10-26

V

26 year old Ronald Riggs in Moniteau County, MO (vehicle driven by 20 year old struck side of road, overcorrected, struck tree on opposite side of road, caught fire) Tipton MHP

U2


10-25

A
V

73 year old Walter Chapman and 71 year old Kay Walton in Audrian County, MO (victim  pulled into path of vehicle driven by 17 year old. 17 year old driver and passenger received moderate injuries.) Bowling Green
Bowling Green
MHP

Y1
N1


10-25

A

19 year old Matthew Sale in Iron County, MO (vehicle left roadway, struck embankment, went airborne, struck numerous trees) Annapolis MHP

Y1


10-22

A

20 year old Andrew Grant in Caldwell County, MO (vehicle slid off roadway, overturned, struck tree) Hamilton MHP

N1


10-20

A
V


Austin

Jennifer

20 year old Austin Drennen and 15 year old Jennifer Miller in Franklin County, MO (vehicle ran off right side of road, struck mailboc, culvert, spun into utility pole, one other passenger seriously injured) Washington
Union
MHP

N3


10-19

V

18 year old Joseph Adler, Jr "Joey" in Lincoln County, MO (vehicle driven by 16 year old failed to negotiate a curve and strikes a tree) Hazelwood MHP

N2


10-14

V
V

53 year old Rhonda Brown and 52 year old Philip Nelson in Miller County, MO (vehicle #1 driven by 73 year old driver pulled into path of vehicle #2 driven by 20 year old. Victims passengers of vehicle 1) Lowell, IN
Lowell, IN
MHP

Y2


10-12

V

13 year old Draven Cathcard in Taney County, MO (vehicle driven by another 13 year old lost control on gravel road and overturned, ejected, passed away 10-15) Kirbyville MHP

N3


10-11

A

44 year old Denise Greene in Cass County, MO (vehicle driven by 19 year old crosses into path and strikes victim's vehicle head-on. Victim passed away 10-14) Greenwood MHP

N1


10-8

A

18 year old Jacob Sandlin "Toad" in Buchanan County, MO (lost control, went off roadway, down ravine, ejected, victim reported missing 10-3) Faucett MHP

N1


10-7

A

16 year old Ksenia Bryan in Phelps County, MO (crossed centerline and struck oncoming vehicle headon, vehicle burnt. Victim was enroute to school where her parents are a counselor and teacher, respectively) Steelville MHP

U1


10-3

M

18 year old Codey Brunkhorst in Union, MO (vehicle pulled into path of victim) Beaufort Missourian *2

9-28

A

19 year old Christopher Cameron in St Clair County, MO (pulled into path of semi) Osceola MHP

N1


9-28

A

16 year old Joshua Frost in Phelps County, MO (driver driving riding lawnmower, went around corner, went off right side of roadway, down embankment,  struck fence and trees, ejected) Rolla

MHP

*1


9-26

A

18 year old Bradley Brawner in Crawford County, MO (vehicle ran off right side of roadway, overcorrected, ran off right side of roadway, overtturned)  Steelville MHP

N5


9-17

V

21 year old Keith Bierbaum in Fanklin County, MO (vehicle driven by 18 year old travels off left side of roadway, strikes utility pole guide wire, utility pole, overturns)    Washington MHP

Y1
N1


9-12

A

19 year old Linsey Nelson in Nodaway County, MO (failed to stop at stop sign and struck broadside by another vehicle) Belton MHP

Y1


9-10

V

19 year old Joshua Groshong in Buchanan County, MO (vehicle #1 driven by 18 year old attempted to pass other vehicles. Vehicle #2, driven by 18 year old, in oncoming lane moved to shoulder to evade. Vehicle #1 also moved to shoulder and struck vehicle #2, causing vehicle #2 to go airborne over #1 and overturn twice. Vehicle #2 driver serious, deceased was passenger in #1) Overland Park MHP

Y2
Y1


9-10

A

18 year old Derek Smith in Dunklin County, MO (crossed centerline and struck another vehicle head on) Kennett MHP

N1


9-7

V

18 year old Santiono Watkins in Pettis County, MO (19 year old driver lost control, ran off roadway, struck embankment, overturned, 3 of 4 occupants ejected, 3 seriously injured) Sedalia MHP

N3
Y1


9-5

A

20 year old Jaymes McGahan in Jefferson County, MO (failed to negotiate curve, went off road, overturned several times) Dittmer MHP

Y1


9-4

A

18 year old Erich Adler in Warren County, MO (pulled out of parking lot into path of vehicle driven by 20 year old. 16 year old passenger seriously injured.) Marthasville MHP

Y1
N1
Y1


9-1

A
A

17 year old unnamed teen  and 55 year old Harold Fletcher in Ralls County, MO (crossed centerline and struck vehicle 2 head on) New London
New London
MHP

N1


8-28

A
V


Nathan

Zackery

18 year old Nathan Cremer and Zackery Skaggs in Phelps County, MO (vehicle traveled off right side of road, overcorrected, crossed roadway off left side, went airborne, struck tree) Edgar Springs
Rolla
MHP

N2


8-22

A

18 year old Dennis Baker in Taney County, MO (lost control of vehicle, ran off left side of road, struck tree) Branson MHP

N1


8-15

A

19 year old Amanda Willard in Montgomery County, MO (lost control while passing another vehicle, ran off roadway, hit embankment, overturned back onto roadway) O'Fallon MHP

Y1


8-14

V/P

23 year old John Stine in Jackson County, MO (vehicle #1 hits concrete barrier while driving on inside shoulder and ends up wrecked in roadway. Vehicle driven by 18 year old driver strikes vehicle #1 and passenger, who has exited. Vehicle #2 then strikes vehicle #3, who has stopped on shoulder, and another person who had exited that vehicle. This last pedestrian not injured. Driver of vehicle #1 cited for numerous offenses including DUI)  Kansas City MHP

Y2


8-14

M

5 year old Griffin Calvert in Jefferson County (passenger on ATV driven by 15 year old half-sister, slid on gravel and struck tree, driver seriously injured) Hillsboro St Louis Post Dispatch

*2


8-10

A
V
V

19 year old Earl McAfee "Wayne", 3 year old Jazmen Schlecter and 4-month-old Neil Wayne McAfee in Carthage, MO (ran off roadway, rolled three times, all 6 occupants ejected, 22 year old driver of second vehicle charged with 3 counts involuntary manslaughter for allegedly chasing victim's vehicle after dispute)  Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Press

N6


8-8

M

19 year old Timothy Corbin in Carroll County, MO (on ATV, struck dog which ran into path, ATV overturned several times, driver ejected) Braymer MHP

*1


8-6

V

18 year old Kathleen Gilmartin "Kat" in Jasper County, MO (vehicle driven by 20 year old attempts high speed maneuver in field, overturns, passenger ejected) Bois D'arc

MHP

N2


8-5

A

16 year old Dylan Metscher Ray in Barry County, MO (lost control, skidded off right side of roadway, struck rock bluff, overturned, ejected) Exeter MHP

N1


8-3

A

17 year old Corey Stuck in Jackson County, MO (vehicle failed to yield right of way to teen driver, and pulled into path) Lone Jack MHP

Y1


7-29

M
V

23 year old Jarred Welch and 18 year old Bayley Bryant in Barry County, MO (van driven by 16 year old pulls into path of motorcycle. Motorcyclist and passenger in van killed. Driver of van seriously injured)  Shell Knob
Berryville, AR
MHP

Y3


7-23

A
V

20 year old Michael Butler and 24 year old Rachelle Craig in Independence, MO (vehicle left roadway and struck tree. Veh caught fire. Second passenger escaped and in serious condition) Independence
Independence
MyFox

N2
U1


7-23

A

19 year old Kerrington Moss "Blaik" in Scott County, MO (ran off right side of road, overturned, ejected - note, victim was discovered by grandparents approximately 3 days after crash happened) Oran MHP

N1


7/24 - 17-year-old Kale Phelps , 14-year-old Kade Phelps, 16-year-old Jace Jelinek and 14-year-old Dayne Heble, all from Denton, Montana, died July 19th in a single vehicle accident while traveling to play in a summer league basketball tournament.  Denton, population 300, held a memorial for the young teens the following Thursday.  More than 1200 people attended.

Rev. Jim Edgell at memorial service - "I don't understand it and I don't like it ... I don't see what good can came from it and, frankly, if I could, I would still want those boys back ... Live today, and live it well. That's what these boys would tell us. It's what they did. It's how they lived"

7-22

P

18 year old Matthew McCully in Monett, MO (struck by 20 year old driver, who left scene but returned, charged with leaving the scene of an accident) Monett KYTV

*1


7-22

A

18 year old Zachary Mortensen "Zach" in Camden County, MO (lost control, went off left side of road, overturned)  Camdenton MHP

N1


7-19

A

17 year old Steven Whitaker "Woody" in Lee's Summit, MO (left roadway, struck a fence, and a concrete drive, ejected) Lee's Summit Tribune

N2


7-6

A

19 year old Clinton Starmer "Spanky" in Harrison County, MO (drove onto shoulder, over corrected, went off opposite side of road, struck embankment, overturned numerous times, driver ejected) Bethany MHP

N1


7-3

A
V


Christian

Stephanie

18 year old Christian Argueta and 15 year old Stephanie Rapp in Saline County, MO (driver reportedly blacked out, vehicle skidded off roadway into tree, backseat passenger ejected thru windshield, driver partially ejected, third passenger moderately injured) Marshall
Marshall
MHP

N3


6-23

A

19 year old Ambrea Scott "Amber" in Butler County, MO (ran off side of roadway, struck embankment, overturned, ejected) Qulin MHP

N1


6-19

A

16 year old Andrew Brinkley "Andy" in Howell County, MO (ran off roads and struck tree) West Plains MHP

Y1


6-17

A

44 year old Keith Bruce in Jefferson County, MO (failed to stop at stop sign, struck by vehicle driven by 17 year old, rolled over, both driver and unseatbelted 8 year old passenger ejected)  House Springs Jefferson County Journal

Y1


6-13

A
A


William

39 year old Shane Richard and 18 year old William Turner "Billy" in Washington County, MO (vehicle crossed centerline and struck Billy's car headon. Both drivers died in crash. Billy had been married 5 weeks. This is the 3rd teen fatality from Potosi in as many weeks.) Potosi MHP

Y1


6-13

M

19 year old Philip Pirnie in Jackson County, MO (crossed centerline on motorcycle and struck oncoming vehicle) Kansas City MHP

*1

6-12


Headlines from US newspapers in the last 24 hours - just one day in America
Detroit, Michigan - Livonia student, 16, charged with murder - used alcohol, marijuana prior to 100+ mph fatal crash...faces life
San Francisco, California - Teen Driver Charged In Oakland Fruit Stand Killing
Omaha, Nebraska - Teen gets prison in friend's death
Billings, Montana - Teen driver in fatal crash to be tried as adult
Lakeland, Florida - Boy, 16, Charged In Car Crash That Killed Teen
Oakdale, Louisiana - Oakdale Teen Charged With Negligent Homicide
Raleigh, North Carolina - Johnston teen charged in fatal wreck
Dallas, Texas - Teen accused of killing man in Flower Mound traffic accident

6-11

P

33 year old Todd Dickens in Orrick, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old strikes victim, traveling in motorized wheelchair head-on) Orrick various

U1


6-8

A

19 year old Abagail Skaggs in Washington County, MO (ran off road on right side, overcorrected, slid off left side of road, struck embankment and overturned. Both victim and 1 year old daughter ejected, infant serious) Potosi MHP

N2


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6-7

A
V
V


Ashton

Kayla

Jacey

16 year old Ashton Hudson, 15 year old Kayla Eckhoff and 14 year old Jacey Hudson in Morgan County, MO (ran off right side of roadway, overcorrected, overturned several times, all 3 occupants ejected. Ashton passed away 6/8) Florence
Stover
Kingsville
MHP

N3


6-6

A
V


Caleb

Brian

18 year old Caleb Dunning and 17 year old Brian Williams in Lawrence County, MO (reportedly fleeing from Aurora police, driver lost control, went off left side of road, struck utility pole and tree) Aurora
Aurora
MHP

N2


A PSA from the US that might actually reach teens - Video here


6-5

A

17 year old Patrick Jenkins in Jackson County, MO (vehicle left roadway on curve and struck tree) Lee's Summit KC Star

U2


Think speeding is all fun and games? Not only can you kill yourself and/or your passengers, but if your passenger dies and you make it, you could potentially go to prison. A Stone County jury today found an 18 year old guilty of second degree manslaughter and second degree assault for the death of 15 year old Hannah Smallwood and the injury of two other teen passengers in Dec 2006 near Carthage. The jury determined that the then 17 year old driver "had shown conscious disregard for the lives and well-being of the other occupants of the vehicle by driving at an excessive rate of speed on an icy road".

Joplin Globe

6-2

V

16 year old Evan Pullen in Greene County, MO (vehicle driven by another 16 year, ran off roadway, overturned, driver was ejected and critically injured. In a rare incident, the victim was seat belted but perished in the crash.) Republic MHP

N1
Y1


6-2

V

15 year old Terri Culey in Jefferson County, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old struck culvert, overcorrected, ran off left side of road, spun, struck tree) DeSoto MHP

N2
Y1


5/28 Annandale, MN - 4 days before graduation ceremonies at Howard Lake - Waverly - Winsted High School, 18 year old honor student Madeysen Kleve was killed, when the car she was riding in, driven by a 17 year old classmate, pulled into the path of another vehicle. At graduation ceremonies, family members read the speeches for the senior class valedictorian and class salutatorian, both passengers in the vehicle, and both still hospitalized with critical injuries from the crash.

6-4 Barbertown, Ohio - Only hours after getting his drivers license, 17 year old Zachary Jordan was killed, when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. It was the last day of school for the students of Barberton High School and Zachary had just completed his junior year.  



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Zachary

5-28

M

15 year old Zachary Barker in Washington County, MO (ATV operated by 14 year old entered roadway from ditch and was struck by a vehicle. 14 year old seriously injured.) Potosi MHP

*2


5-26

M

15 year old Daniel Dorsey "Dan" n Gasconade County, MO (ran off road on ATV and into flooded creek) St Charles MHP

*1


Two teen passengers killed in a Kansas City car crash on 5/25. KC Police keeping the drivers identity and age quiet, unable to verify if teen driver crash. Eric Blacknoll, 19, aka "Eazy E" of Kansas City, and Marche Semens, 17, of Raytown, were back seat passengers in a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, went out of control, overturned, and struck wooden utility pole and steel lightpole.

U4

5-23

A

17 year old Robert Harrison in Webster County, MO (vehicle went off roadway, went airborne, hit pond embankment, came to rest in pond. Passenger was seatbelted and received minor injuries.) Fair Grove MHP

Y1
N1


Florida media covers the story of two young friends - Feb 06 a crash reported here / Feb 07 the court ponders a case here / May 08 the court makes a decision here / a mother grieves here / (Two friends, one night out, one wrong decision, and in the blink of an eye, one is destined for prison, the other is dead. Good people making bad decisions can easily produce fatal results.)

5-21

V

14 year old Cody Robertson "Leroy" in Maries County, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old runs off roadway, becomes airborne over steep embankment, overcorrects, both occupants ejected. Driver seriously injured) Vienna MHP

N2


5/21 Nashville, TN - Maria Sue Chapman, five year old daughter of Grammy winning Christian musician Steven Curtis Chapman, is killed when her teenage brother accidentally backs the family SUV over her in the driveway. - video of father & Maria

5-21

A

20 year old Raul Montalvo, Jr in Taney County, MO (struck concrete signal light pillar at high rate of speed) Branson MHP

N1


5-20

V
V


Travis

Joe

16 year old Travis Hawkins and 20 year old Joseph Willis Jr "Joe" in St Louis, MO (vehicle driven by 16 year old swerved at high rate of speed to miss another vehicle, overcorrected, travelef off road, overturned, struck concrete base of sign. Front seat passenger was ejected into road and struck by an unknown vehicle) St Louis
St Louis
MHP

N3


5-20

A
V


Mario


Cody

18 year old Mario Feurstein and 15 year old Cody McMurry in Dent County, MO (vehicle runs off right side of roadway, overcorrects, overturns, both occupants ejected. Cody passed away 5/21) Salem
Salem
MHP

N2


May 2008 Allstate Insurance isues report "America's Teen Driving Hotspots". Included in this report - Kansas City, ranks #7 as deadliest city in US for teen drivers, St Louis #12. Missouri ranks #4 in teen fatal crashes per capita at 46.9 per 100,000 teens. Only Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky were worse. Between 2000 and 2006, All State shows Missouri had 1370 fatal crashes involving teen drivers. The report states 68.6% of these crashes involved male teen drivers, with 31.4% involving female teen drivers. A Missouri teens chance of being killed in a rural crash, rather than a crash inside a metro area, are 87.5% greater.

Report
here

5-17

V

18 year old Josef Kirsch "Joey" in Jefferson County, MO (vehicle driven by 18 year old loses control and overturns numerous times, ejecting driver and victim) Fenton MHP

N4


5-17

V

20 year old Jacob Forbes "Jake" in Carroll County, MO (vehicle driven by another 20 year old leaves roadway, overturns and strikes utility pole.) Alma MHP

Y3


5-13

A

17 year old Lauren Capper in Butler County, MO (pulled into path of semi truck) Poplar Bluff MHP

Y1


5-11

P

25 year old Daniel Riemann in Kansas City, MO (victim of hit and run driver. 20 year old driver surrendered to police on May 15th. Leaving the scene of an accident when someone is hurt or killed is a felony in Missouri.) KC Star MHP

*


5-11

A

59 year old Robert Thorpe in Randolph County, MO (victim's vehicle crossed centerline and struck vehicle driven by 20 year old, who was seriously injured) Huntsville MHP

N2


5-10

A

16 year old Paige Carrender in Cole County, MO (pulled into path of another vehicle) Henley MHP

Y1


5-8

A

19 year old Lance Corporal Austin Shipp in Platte County, MO (crossed center line and hit oncoming vehicle head-on. 17 year old passenger suffered life threatening injuries, another and other driver also injured. Victim on 30 day leave before assignment with USMC to Japan.) Weatherby Lake KMBC

U3


5-8

A

19 year old Daniel Sellers in Gentry County, MO (pulled into path of another vehicle at intersection, passenger serious) Cuba MHP

U1
Y1


According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, those who don't buckle up have a one in four chance of being injured and a one in 31 chance of being killed. For those who wear seat belts, the odds jump to a one in 1,300 chance of a fatality.

5-6

A

17 year old Maurice Zimm in St Louis, MO (lost control of van, hit curb, vehicle flipped, partially ejected) St Louis

St Louis Dispatch

N1


5-3

V

18 year old Jodie Wharf in Jasper County, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old strikes back of flat bed trailer parked partially in roadway, unlit at dusk) Republic MHP

Y1
N1


5-3

A
V


Ashley

Kenny

19 year old Ashley Wilson and 17 year old Kenneth Jaco "Kenny" in St. Francois County, MO (lost control on hill crest, slid off road and struck tree, one teen passenger serious. Kenneth passed away on 5/4) St Louis
House Springs
MHP

N3


5-2

V

Unk year old Henry King in St Louus County, MO (vehicle driven by 19 year old driver reportedly driving in excess of speed limit loses control, and crashes into two porches)  unreported St Louis Post Dispatch

U3


4-27

A


Jesse

Max

20 year old Jesse Davison and 20 year old Max Stegall in Nodaway County, MO (lost control on wet pavement while passing another vehicle. Slid off road, struck embankment, ejecting passenger. Came to rest on roadway.) Burlington Junction
Elmo
MHP

N2


4-27

V

20 year old Robert Clute "Petey" in Jasper County, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old skids off roadway, struck a concrete and overturned)  Joplin MHP

N2


4-27

V

14 year old Joshua Gaffney in Saline County, MO (two vehicles eastbound on highway collide. Vehicle 1 ran off roadway and overturned. Victim was passenger in #1, with family heading to a military graduation for older brother. Driver of #2 was 20 years old.) Bonner Springs, KS MHP

2Y
1N


4-26

M

19 year old in Joanna Bendler in Franklin County, MO (ran off road and struck tree while driving ATV) Lonedell MHP

*2


4-18

V

17 year old Benjamin Gray in Clay County, MO (vehicle driven by 17 year old driver runs stop sign and is broadsided) Missouri City MHP

N3


4-14

P

49 year old Kenneth Lewis in Franklin County, MO (victim was walking in roadway at night with back to traffic when struck by 19 year old driver) Pelsor, AR MHP

N1


California tells the story of three teens on their new teen driving site - 16 year old Annie Vano, 19 year old Trevor Gilbert, and 17 year old Joel Davis. Please watch these short video clips about these three young people. You may not have known them personally, but you do know teens just like them.


4/12/2008 New York Post - "Since 2003, more than 25,000 young people between 16 and 20 have been killed in car crashes, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those who've been driving less than six months are three times more likely to have a fatal accident"

4/11/2008  KTTV - California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Zizi, while reporting that killed four teens in a car crash while on a church outing - "Law enforcement routinely sees these crashes, these horrific crashes, with teenage drivers. And these teenagers have this mentality of, this video-game mentality. They can reset the button and get a new life in a video game. That just doesn't happen in real life. They're driving a 5,000 pound car and it's a huge responsibility, and it's up to parents to very much impress upon them that huge responsibility. And this is just a tragic example, these two bodies laying here, of that lesson."

AAA 4/9/2008 - "AAA said this morning that crashes involving teen drivers between ages 15 and 17 "cost American society more than $34 billion annually in medical expenses, lost work, property damage, quality of life loss and other related costs." According to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, teen drivers in 2006 were involved in about 974,000 crashes, injuring 406,427 people and killing 2,541 people.... "Some of these costs are paid directly by government through Medicaid, police, paramedics and courts. Many other costs - like lost wages, traffic delay and reduced quality of life - don't show up directly, but also reflect the very large, very real cost of crashes involving teen drivers," said Darbelnet (AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet)

4/8/2008 Detroit Free Press - Three L'Anse Creuse North High School died in a car crash in Chesterfield Township, Michigan. Father of 17 year old Nicholas Noble, had just returned from making funeral arrangements for his father, when he heard of the crash. He was unable to reach his son, or his son's friends, by cellphone. Matt Noble is now planning two funerals. 18 year old Jordan VandePuttes mother, Jill Grewette, was at work, as a X-ray technician for the local hospital, when she hear about the crash. She too was unable to raise her son on his cellphone. Then she saw his friends, one dying, in the emergency room, and told the reporter "I was trying to find him, calling the police officers from the scene, calling my husband. And when I saw these two kids in desperate situations, and they were his friends, I knew he didn't make it." Father of 17 year old Robert McQuire, the boy losing the fight for his life in the emergency room, said "It doesn't come any worse than this.". Tim McGuire said. "It's every parent's worst nightmare."



Nicholas


Jordan


Robert

4-13

V

17 year old Lani Pickle in St Louis County, MO (vehicle driven by 19 year swerves off road, no other details) Florissant St Louis Post Dispatch

U3


4-11

M

51 year old Steven Keith in Blue Springs, MO (motorcycle escort for funeral procession struck 4/2 by a 20 year old driver) Blue Springs KC Star

*1


4-7

A
V


Brendan

Lynn

18 year old Brendan Hulett and 18 year old Lynn Plummer in Saline County, MO (ran off side of road, overcorrected, came back on road spinning, struck by oncoming vehicle, engulfed by fire) Sweet Springs
Sweet Springs
MHP

Y2


4-7

M

19 year old Devin Dudenhoeffer in Osage County, MO (ran into rear of another motorcycle driven by 19 year old, overturned, ejected) Westphalia MHP *1

4-5

A

17 year old Gage Gransee in Oregon County, MO (skidded off roadway on curve, overturned, ejected both driver and passenger, who was seriously injured) West Plains MHP

N2


4-4

V

22 year old Shawn Reesor in St Charles County, MO (vehicle driven by 20 year old driver traveled off roadway, struck mailbox, overcorrected, spun across road, struck culvert, went airborne and overturned) O'Fallon MHP

U3


3-30

A

20 year old Zackary VanFleet in Pike County, MO (suffered unreported medical condition, traveled off road, struck utility pole, ejected) Louisiana, MO MHP

N1


3-30

A

20 year old Jeremy Harris in Northland, MO (lost control on highway ramp, ran off steep embankment) Kansas City KC Star

U3


Opinion - Is the State of Missouri about to recognize victims of drunk driving crashes as the 'only' legitimate victims worth receiving road side recognition?  Proponents of the bill, which WILL probably pass, state "This will eliminate make-shift markers and allow the Department of Transportation to better control the highway right-of-way." read moreread HB1406 (road side memorials are a controversial issue. On the one side, they are a helpful tool in the healing process for victim family and friends, and a reminder to those driving by, that deadly crashes happen everywhere there is a roadway.  On the other hand, they can be hazardous to the flow of traffic, if passing cars slow, and can potentially interfere with DOT mowing operations. While I agree with those who say something should be done, I also feel the decision should be fair to all victims, and not favoring any class of victim. Our reasons for feeling this should be addressed, is simple. While researching daily for this site, we have come across too many incidents over the years, where visitors paying their respects at these road side memorials, are killed in secondary crashes. But, unlike our state legislature, which apparently has a sincere passion for sticking up signs and billboards on Missouri roadways, we would encourage them to examine other options. We find it hypocritical to claim family and friends are cluttering the roadway with a few crosses and flowers, when they are barely visible among the the thousands of ugly commercial billboards that dot our roads! This is an issue that should be examined and addressed fairly - for all crash victims, and available to all victim crash families.)  (update - appears to have died in the Senate)

3-30

A

16 year old Garrett George in Johnson County, MO (lost control, rolled and ejected - no other details given) Spring Hill KC Star

N1


3-28

A

19 year old Davin Brown in Pulaski County, MO (victim travelled off right side of road, overcorrected, went off left side of road, overturned, partially ejected thru windshield) Lebanon MHP

N1


March 27, 2008 - Ulysses, Kansas - Four teen passengers killed when 17 year old driver pulls into path of semi-truck. Victims - Victoria R. Dowell, 17; Myranda H. Mason, 16 ; Julia E. Alcala, 17; and Veronica McDaniel, 17 .

3-26

A

26 year old Miguel Cores-Savionon in St Charles County, MO (victim pulled into path of vehicle driven by 17 year old) St Louis MHP Y1

3-25

A
V
A


Jessica

Kellie

18 year old Jessica Murray, 15 year old Kellie Murray and 87 year old Frank Miko in Pulaski County, MO (Jessica's vehicle crossed centerline and struck Mr Miko's vehicle head-on. According to newspaper forum entry, Jessica's older sister Amanda, also died in a previous car crash. Jessica had been awarded numerous athletic awards, most recently being named first team all-district in basketball. A 16 year old friend, enroute to the hospital to see Jessica's 15 year old sister, who was seriously injured in this crash (later passed away), was himself seriously injured, when the car he was driving, ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, overturned numerous times, and ejected him. Mr Miko was a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam wars) Richland
Richland
MHP

N2



Cristel Elaine Miess, age 12, Gracy Jane Miess, age 5, and Gaberielle Miess, age 6 months, all of Licking, Missouri, passed away March 20, 2008 when the vehicle they were riding in was rear ended by a semi -truck, while stopped for road construction.

Four members of a Joplin, Missouri, family were travelling to Dallas, Texas for a medical appointment for one of their sons on March 9, 2008. Police say a semi-truck rear-ended their vehicle at a traffic light in Pryor, Oklahoma killing all four, Robert and Melissa Hayes, and two teenage sons, Tyler and Colby. A third son, was serving in Iraq, at the time of the crash.


3-16

M

19 year old Stephen Buckman in St Francois County, MO (victim on motorcycle on off road riding area in St Joe State Park ran headon into ATV being drivin by 12 year old) Desloge MHP

*
*


March 15 - 47 year old Ava school teacher Tawnya Lea VanDyne  dies when the car she is driving ran off road and struck a tree and a fence.

3-13

A

17 year old Nicholas Neal "Nick" in Lafayette County, MO (pulled into path of vehicle driven by 19 year old, who received serious injuries) Odessa MHP

N1
N1


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,490 drivers in the 15-20 age group died in motor vehicle crashes in 2006, and an additional 272,000 were injured.

3-4

A

18 year old Garrett Clark in Jackson County, MO (vehicle left roadway on interstate exit ramp, went airborne, struck concrete pillar and guardrail) Blue Springs MHP

N
1


3-3

A

22 year old David Wetter in Franklin County, MO (vehicle driven by 19 year old driver crossed centerline and struck vehicle 2 on drivers side, both vehicles slid out of control, vehicle 1 then struck vehicle 3 head on. Victim was driver of vehicle #3) Montgomery Cuty MHP

Y
1


2-22

A

31 year old Shawn Gredvig in Osage County, MO (Victim crossed centerline. Oncoming vehicle driven by 20 year old swerved into oncoming vehicle 1's lane to miss being struck. Vehicle 1 swerved back into its own lane, and vehicle's struck headon.) Holts Summit MHP

Y
2


2-21

A


Alicia

Kayla

17 year old Alicia Carter and 18 year old Kayla Carter in Monroe County, MO  (lost control on icy curve, struck culvert, overturned - victim's were sisters) Paris
Paris
MHP

Y
2


2-17

A
V

20 year old Gerald Blevins "Shorty" and 25 year old Todd Brown in Greene County, MO (lost control at high rate of speed, ran off roadway, hit culvert, overturned, struck tree) Willard
Willard
MHP

Y
4


2-11

A

20 year old Molly Schwartz in Warren County, MO (slid on ice, rotated off road, struck culvert, overturned. Pfc in MO National Guard) Jonesburg MHP

N
1


2-9

V

16 year old Michael McMahon "Mick" in St Louis County, MO (vehicle driven by teen driver sitting a stop light rear-ended by truck) St Louis KSDK

U
3


2-7

A

18 year old Allen Fowler in St Louis County, MO (vehicle overturned - no other details available) St Louis

St Louis Post Dspatch

U
1


2-2

A

28 year old Dennis Riegel in Franklin County, MO (vehicle driven by 20 year old travels off roadway, overcorrects, slides into path of vehicle driven by victim, then stikes 3rd vehicle. Passenger in veh #2 seriously injured, driver of vehicle #3 moderate, and 20 year old seriously injured. Victim and his passenger to be be married in March. ) Washington MHP

N
1


18 year old Jon and 13 year old James Herbert, sons of top fuel drag racing star Doug Herbert, were killed in a car crash in Lake Norman, N.C. today, when Jon lost control while trying to pass other vehicles. In memory of his lost sons, Doug has plans to develop B.R.A.K.E.S., a program to promote safer driving for teens. Put on the Brakes

1-24

A

20 year old Rick Speorl in Stone County, MO (vehicle ran off roadway and struck a tree) Reeds Spring MHP

N
1


1-21

A

20 year old Jeremy Schottel in Phelps County, MO (vehicle driven by 40 year old driver crossed centerline. Victim attempted to evade by driving into his ditch. Oncoming vehicle continued into lane and struck victim's vehicle) Savannah MHP

Y
1


1-16

A

18 year old Kelsey Ryan in Jackson County, MO (lost control on icey road while merging into traffic, struck by semi, overtuned) Platte City MHP

Y
1


1-11

A

89 year old Richard Jones in Clay County, MO (victim traveled off right side of road, overcorrected, and crossed into path of vehicle driven by 20 year old driver) Holt MHP

Y
1


Jan 9 - 26 year old Bradleyville High School teacher and girls’ basketball coach Troy Hays is killed when the car he is riding in runs into the back of trash truck in foggy conditions.

1-5

A
V
V
V


James G

Young

James R

Zachary

18 year old James Gangwes

17 year old Young Kim

16 year old James Robinson

and 17 year old Zachary Whittet

in Greene County, MO (lost control while cresting hill, ran off roadway and struck tree)

Springfield

Springfield

Springfield

Springfield

MHP

Y
4


1-5

P

31 year old Gregory Pyatt in Montgomery County, MO (struck by 18 year old driver while attempting to cross dark road on foot) New Florence MHP

*


1-5

V

16 year old Kevyn Morang in Newton County, MO (vehicle driven by 18 year old ran off left side of roadway and through guardrail) Galena, KS MHP

N
1


1-1

M

20 year old Christopher White "Blake" in Springfield, MO (struck bridge abutment, passenger seriously injured - died 1/5) Springfield Springfield News-Leader

*



Above info is obtained from Missouri Highway Patrol and media reports. The MHP only works
crashes outside city limits. Accidents happening inside the limits of a Missouri city are not
listed here unless found in local media. This list is NOT all inclusive.

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The names appearing on this site are the names of those who died in these crashes. Only crashes with a driver 20 years or younger involved is listed. List does not include teens killed in crashes w/ adult drivers. Teens/children who died in these crashes are in bold.
Photos typically shown of teens only. No implication of fault is intended, but sometimes necessary to explain crash.  
A - Automobile Driver     /     V - Vehicle Passenger    /    P - Pedestrian

Y - Seat belt worn   /   N - No Seat belt   /   U - unknown or unreported seat belt   /   * - N/A
Number of occupants of vehicle(s) driven by teen driver

 

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