Thanksgiving weekend the safest since 1991

Thanksgiving weekend the safest since 1991
One killed in mid-Missouri crashes over holiday period
A Shawnee man was one of nine people who died from injuries in traffic crashes on Missouri highways over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Larry K. Whittet, 60, was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 29 near St. Joseph on Wednesday.

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It was one of 587 crashes the Missouri Highway Patrol responded to over the Thanksgiving holiday, which the patrol considered to run from 6 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday.

“We are always pleased to see a decrease in lives lost on Ohio’s roadways,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “However, we can’t settle until the number of fatalities is zero. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to keeping you and your family safe on our roads, every day and every night.”

Whittets wreck, like many others, happened before a winter storm made roads across the state dangerous.

He was headed south on I-29 about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday when his vehicle collided with another vehicle near the St. Joseph city limits, according to the patrol.

Whittets vehicle traveled off the side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned. The other vehicle fled from the scene. Whittet was taken to a hospital where he died Friday morning.

According to the OSHP, there were six people killed in six crashes over the five-day reporting period for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Others who died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period were Jessica M. Kremer, 33, of Pacific, Mo.; Michael L. Albright, 51, of Fredericktown, Mo.; Al D. Parson, 48, of Laquey, Mo.; Clara I. Silva, 62, of New Franklin, Mo.; Aaron W. Williams, 48, of Farber, Mo.; Marsha D. Rupel, 60, of Fair Grove, Mo.; Sara L. Shepard, 31, of St. Charles, Mo., and Tahkota T. Christiansen, 18, of Richmond, Mo.

Troopers stopped 86 people suspected of driving while intoxicated and arrested 67 people on drug-related charges.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Nine people were killed in traffic crashes across the state during the Thanksgiving counting period, including one in mid-Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Monday.

The period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. In mid-Missouri, Clara Silva, 62, of New Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene when her Mazda crossover vehicle went off the road, overturned and hit a tree on Highway 40 in Howard County on Friday afternoon, according to an online crash report. Silva's was the only traffic death reported in central Missouri's Troop F region.

The counting period overlapped with blizzard-like conditions in much of the area Sunday. Troop F reported 81 total traffic crashes, but only two injuries. The troop also reported nine DWI arrests.

Troop F totals for the 2018 #Thanksgiving counting period (6pm Nov. 21, to 11:59 pm Nov. 25): ✔️81 traffic crashes ✔️1 fatality ✔️2 injuries ✔️9 DWI arrests pic.twitter.com/OORl2o7Y3d

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was corrected to reflect that the fatal crash in mid-Missouri occurred Friday.


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