ST. LOUIS – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released statewide fatality numbers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
A spokesperson for MSHP says eight people died between 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Seven of those deaths were investigated by MSHP, and one by the St. Louis County Police Department. Troopers investigated 299 traffic crashes, which included 140 injuries. Troopers arrested 139 people for driving while intoxicated.
The first fatality occurred Thanksgiving day when 52-year-old Angela S. Tate of St. Robert, Mo. drove off the left side of Missouri Highway 28, north of St. Robert, in Pulaski County.
Three people died on Friday: 22-year-old Victoria M. Singleton of Mexico, Mo., 46-year-old Timmy R. Bowne of Centralia, Mo., and 57-year-old Joseph L. Mayo of Hartville, Mo.
Singleton died when the vehicle she was riding in crossed the center line of Missouri Highway 124 north of Old Missouri Highway in Boone County and hit a vehicle driven by Bowne. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle Singleton was riding in sustained serious injuries. That person and Singleton were wearing seatbelts. Bowne was not.
Mayo was riding a motorcycle and attempting to pass a third vehicle on Missouri Highway 38 east of Hartville in Wright County when he hit a vehicle head-on. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Troopers say Mayo was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The driver of the vehicle that hit the motorcycle head-on was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
On Saturday, four people died in accidents: 29-year-old Ashley M. Burns of Linn Creek, Mo., 51-year-old Kenneth D. Crockett of Eldon, Mo., 55-year-old Tammy J. Luttrell of Iberia, Mo., and 38-year-old Wilson Brown Jr. of St. Louis County.
Troopers say Burns was driving a vehicle on Missouri Highway 42 west of Hawken Cemetery Road in Miller County when she crossed the center line, striking Crockett's vehicle head-on. Luttrell was a passenger in Crockett's vehicle. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. None of them were wearing seatbelts.
Brown died in an accident at Page and Pendleton streets.
Last year, MSHP investigated 240 traffic accidents, which included 140 injuries. Six people died during the 2012 holiday weekend, and 140 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.