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New Halls Ferry crash leaves 3 dead Monday night

Three people were killed after a car crossed the center line on New Halls Ferry Road and crashed into an oncoming SUV.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A crash Monday night in north St. Louis County resulted in the death of three women.

According to the St. Louis County Police Department, officers responded just after 9 p.m. Monday to a two-car crash on New Halls Ferry Road near Seven Hills Drive.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford Fusion was traveling south on New Halls Ferry Road when it crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Cadillac SUV.

Police said the driver and passenger of the SUV, 57-year-old Sherry Person of St. Louis and 49-year-old Crystal Fowler of Florissant, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the Fusion, 56-year-old Helene Seper of St. Louis, was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.

A spokesperson with St. Louis County Police Department said they don't know why the car crossed the center line and it doesn't appear to be criminal.

While they're not aware of any medical emergencies, the spokesperson said anything is possible.

Loved ones told 5 On Your Side's Justina Coronel that Person and Fowler worked at the Serenity Memorial Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Louis.

Credit: Serenity Funeral and Cremation Service

On Wednesday, Serenity Memorial Funeral and Cremation Service shared this statement:

Today the Serenity Funeral and Cremation Service and the Serenity Memorial Chapel families are praying for and with the families of Ms. Sherry Person, Administrative Assistant and Ms. Crystal Fowler, Licensed Funeral Director. They both were abruptly and tragically taken from us on Monday, May 22, 2023.

It’s our core ministry to provide compassion and support to families across our community, now we find ourselves comforting one another and the families of our colleagues.

Sherry and Crystal were inseparable. They were an endless source of knowledge and energy powering the entire team. They joined the Serenity family when we initially established our St. Louis location. Their individual and collective skills were integral to our prosperity. They will remain in our spirits forever.

A friend said the two were amazing ladies, good friends, work sisters and both were incredibly compassionate.

Fowler was a mother of 10. Her family has started a GoFundMe page.

Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact St. Louis County police at 636-259-8210 to speak with investigators. To remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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