MSHP Reports 12 Traffic Fatalities, Zero Boating Fatalities, Three Drownings Over July Fourth Holiday Counting Period 2019 July Fourth Holiday Statistics

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2019 July Fourth holiday statistics:

Troopers worked 376 traffic crashes, which included 139 injuries and nine of the 12 fatalities. Troopers also made 160 DWI arrests and 110 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

Troopers worked 11 boating crashes, which included five injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers made 12 BWI arrests and 28 drug arrests. There were three drownings over the holiday weekend. 

The 2019 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2019. 

During the 30-hour counting period in 2018, four people were killed and 220 injured statewide in Missouri over the holiday in 437 traffic crashes. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated nine fatal traffic crashes occurring within the 2019 July Fourth counting period. The Belton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department each investigated one fatality. 

There were no fatalities on July 3 or July 4, during the counting period. 

Two people died in traffic crashes on Friday, July 5. Kristen M. Yeager, 47, of Independence, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line, he overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The crash occurred in Cass County, on Missouri Route D near 223rd Street. Yeager was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. 

The second fatal traffic crash on July 5 occurred in St. Louis County. No further information is available pending the notification of next of kin.

Six people died in traffic crashes  Saturday, July 6.  Leslie W. Bullow, 69, of Clarkton, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway at which time he overcorrected and the vehicle overturned. The crash occurred in Dunklin County. Bullow was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. 

Van V. Stephenson, 11, died when the vehicle in which he was a passenger traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and began overturning before coming to rest on its top in the median. The crash occurred in Perry County on Interstate 55 south of Missouri Route M. Perry County Coroner William Bohnert pronounced Stephenson dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle sustained moderate injuries; he was wearing a seat belt. Three other passengers in the vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash; they were not wearing seat belts. The remaining two passengers sustained minor injuries; it is unknown whether they were wearing seat belts.

Doris A. Herndez-Barrios, 55, of Noel, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head on. The crash occurred in McDonald County on Missouri Highway 90 south of Noel. Herndez-Barrios was not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries; he was not wearing a seat belt.

Michael K. Orr, 44, of Warsaw, MO, died when the vehicle in which he was a passenger failed to negotiate a curve to the left and ran off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a warning sign and three trees. The crash occurred in Benton County on Missouri Route BB at Allen Road. Orr was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious injuries; he was not wearing a seat belt.

Malcolm W. Smith, 35, of Slater, MO, died when the utility vehicle he was operating began sliding, crossed center lane, traveled off the roadway, and overturned several times. The crash occurred in Saline County on Missouri Route A/C south of Missouri Route P. Smith was not wearing a seat belt.

Joshua Lee Jiles, 33, Springfield, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck a vehicle turning west onto westbound Kearney from northbound Concord in Springfield. Jiles was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Four people died July 7.  Robert L. Wright, 46, of Sullivan, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and Wright overcorrected. The vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign, and overturned. The crash occurred in Franklin County on Interstate 44. Wright was not wearing a seat belt. 

John R. Smith, 47, of Byrnes Mill, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating traveled off the right side of the roadway and he was ejected. The crash occurred in Jefferson County on Missouri Highway 30, west of Old Gravois Road. Smith was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

One fatality is being investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. No further details are available.

Peggy Jones, 84, died at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, after being in a traffic crash on Missouri Route Y in Belton, MO. 

Three people drowned over the holiday weekend. On July 5, Rebecca L. Feese, 33, of Warsaw, MO, drowned when she attempted to wade across a low water crossing and was swept downstream. The incident occurred in Benton County at Truman Lake. 

On July 7, David W. Crouse, 57, of Stover, MO, drowned when he attempted to retrieve a vessel adrift by swimming. The incident occurred in Morgan County at the 56-mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks. Crouse was not wearing a life jacket.

The third drowning over the holiday weekend occurred on July 7, 2019, in the St. Francis River. No further information is available pending notification of next of kin.