The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports eight people died during this year's Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1. Troopers investigated 299 traffic crashes, which included 140 injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 139 people for driving while intoxicated. The Highway Patrol investigated seven of the fatalities. The St. Louis Police Department investigated the remaining fatality. [During the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, troopers investigated 350 traffic crashes, which included 140 injuries. There were six fatalities over the 2012 Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers arrested 140 people for driving while intoxicated that same weekend in 2012.]
Five of the fatalities occurred in the Troop F, Jefferson City, area. One fatality occurred in each of the following areas: Troop C, Weldon Spring, Troop G, Willow Springs and Troop I, Rolla.
One fatality occurred on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Angela S. Tate, 52, St. Robert, died when the vehicle she was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. The vehicle then rolled onto the driver's side and struck a second utility pole. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 28, north of St. Robert, in Pulaski County. Pulaski County Coroner Mike Hartness pronounced Tate dead at the scene. Tate was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Three fatalities occurred Friday, Nov. 29. Victoria M. Singleton, 22, Mexico, died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger crossed the center line and struck a second vehicle head-on. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 124 north of Old Missouri Highway 124 in Boone County. The driver of the vehicle in which Singleton was a passenger sustained serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle that was struck, Timmy R. Bowne, 46, Centralia, died in the crash. Boone County Medical Examiner Dori Burke pronounced both Singleton and Bowne dead at the scene of the crash. Singleton and the driver of that vehicle were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; Bowne was not.
Joseph L. Mayo, 57, Hartville, died after the motorcycle he was driving struck a vehicle head-on. Mayo was attempting to pass a third vehicle when the crash occurred. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 38 east of Hartville, in Wright County. Dr. Causa at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, pronounced Mayo dead at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle Mayo's motorcycle struck was not injured in the crash. Mayo was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash; the driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seat belt.
Four people died in traffic crashes Saturday, Nov. 30. Ashley M. Burns, 29, Linn Creek, Kenneth D. Crockett, 51, Eldon, and Tammy J. Luttrell, 55, Iberia, died in a traffic crash on Missouri Highway 42 west of Hawken Cemetery Road in Miller County. The crash occurred when the vehicle Burns was driving crossed the center of the roadway and struck the vehicle Crockett was driving head-on. Luttrell was a passenger in Crockett's vehicle. Miller County Coroner Rick Callahan pronounced all three people dead at the scene. Burns, Crockett, and Luttrell were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Wilson Brown Jr., 38, St. Louis County, died in a traffic crash at Page and Pendleton streets in St. Louis. The St. Louis Police Department investigated the traffic crash.
There were no boating incidents, boating while intoxicated arrests, or drownings reported during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.