The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following vacation statistics for July 4, 2021:

Traffic statistics for July 4, 2021

The soldiers worked on 312 traffic accidents, including 124 injured and seven fatalities. Soldiers also made 144 DWI arrests and 81 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

Boating statistics for July 4, 2021

The soldiers worked 12 boating accidents, including four injured and one fatality. Soldiers made eight BWI arrests and 43 drug-related arrests. There was no drowning over the holiday weekend.

The July 4, 2021 holiday count period began at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2021.

[The 2020 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020. During the 2020 counting period, 15 people were killed and 671 injured statewide in Missouri over the holiday in 1,356 traffic crashes. Troopers arrested 145 people for driving while intoxicated last year. Over the 2020 July Fourth holiday, there were 14 boating crashes, which included seven injuries and zero fatalities. Two drowned during last year’s holiday. Troopers made seven boating while intoxicated arrests during the 2020 counting period.]

Traffic accidents have occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, Troop D, Springfield, MO, Troop F, Jefferson City, MO, and Troop G, Willow Springs, MO areas. The soldiers worked on the seven fatal traffic accidents.
There was a traffic accident on Friday July 2, 2021, during the counting period. A 15-year-old woman from Norwood, MO died when the driver of the vehicle she was a passenger in lost control and the vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. The woman was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Wright County on Owens Road north of Norwood, MO. Wright County Coroner Ben Hurtt declared the woman dead at the scene of the crash. The driver and another passenger were wearing seat belts; they suffered moderate injuries.

There was a boat fatality on July 3, 2021. The investigation is ongoing; thus, no further information is available.

Four people died in traffic accidents on July 3, 2021. Robert D. McDermid, 66, of Joplin, MO, died after another vehicle failed to give way and struck McDermid’s vehicle. McDermid was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Jasper County on Highway 66 from Missouri to Duquesne, MO. Dr Jennifer Kolodchak said McDermid died at Mercy Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt; he sustained moderate injuries.

Shane A. Donty, 46, of Hillsboro, MO, died after walking in the path of a vehicle on Missouri Hwy 30 east of Northwest Boulevard in Jefferson County. North Jefferson County Ambulance paramedics declared Donty dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident; he was not injured.

Jeffery A. Smith, 35, of Stover, MO, died when a vehicle turned left in front of the motorcycle he was riding. Smith was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Morgan County on Missouri Highway 52 west of Stevenson Lane. Assistant Coroner Katy Lutz declared Smith dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt; he was not injured in the accident.

Anela Ratkusic, 42, of St. Louis, MO, died when another vehicle did not yield and struck the vehicle in which she was a passenger. Ratkusic was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in St. Francois County on US Highway 67 to Missouri Route Y. Dr. Buchanan pronounced Ratkusic dead at Parkland Health Center. The driver of the vehicle that struck Ratkusic’s vehicle was not wearing a seat belt; he sustained moderate injuries. The driver of the vehicle in which Ratkusic was a passenger wore a seat belt; he sustained moderate injuries. Three additional passengers in the vehicle with Ratkusic were wearing seat belts; they each suffered minor injuries in the crash. A passenger in the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt; he sustained moderate injuries.

Two people died in traffic accidents on July 4, 2021. Storm J. Cooper, 29, of Tampa, Fla., Died when the vehicle he was in did not stop at a traffic sign. stopped and was struck by another vehicle. Cooper was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Greene County on Missouri Highway 266 west of Springfield MO. Forensic scientist Joshua Moore declared Cooper dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle in which Cooper was a passenger was wearing a seat belt; she suffered moderate injuries. The driver of the second vehicle in the accident was wearing a seat belt; he was not injured.

Dorcey R. Folsom, 39, of Buffalo, MO, died after being struck by a vehicle. Folsom was running towards the vehicle at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Dallas County on Missouri Highway 32 east of Buffalo, MO. Dallas County Coroner Matt Wisdom declared Folsom dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

NOTE: Death statistics in this press release may change if late deaths occur, if other departments report deaths after the release of this press release, or if it is determined that a death is caused by a problem. health rather than a traffic, boating or drowning incident.



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