Troopers assigned to Lake of the Ozarks worked extended shifts--12 hours--during the Independence Day weekend. There were zero boating fatalities over the 2017 Independence Day holiday period in Troop F. Troopers investigated six boating crashes involving three injuries. There were no reported drownings. Troopers arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated.

Issued by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F July 5:

Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer, Troop F, Jefferson City, announces the following preliminary boating and traffic totals for the 2017 Independence Day holiday period. 

Troop F troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) from Friday, June 30, 2017, through Tuesday, July 4, 2017, meaning every available officer was on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. Troop F investigated 56 traffic crashes that included 15 injuries and two fatalities. Troopers made 9 DWI arrests.


Troopers assigned to Lake of the Ozarks worked extended shifts — 12 hours — during the Independence Day weekend. There were zero boating fatalities over the 2017 Independence Day holiday period in Troop F. Troopers investigated six boating crashes involving three injuries. There were no reported drownings. Troopers arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated. 

“Even though this major holiday period has ended, we want to urge motorists and boaters to continue to drive safely whether it’s on the highways or waterways,” said Captain Turner. “Our troopers work very hard to keep the motoring and boating public safe.” 

Overall, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 14 people died in traffic crashes statewide. No one died in a boating crash over the holiday counting period, and zero drownings occurred.

The counting period began at 6 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2017.


2017 Statewide July Fourth Holiday Traffic Statistics

Crashes ─ 494 
Injuries ─ 186
Fatalities ─ 14
DWI ─ 172
Drug Arrests ─ 118

2017 Statewide July Fourth Holiday Boating Statistics

Crashes ─ 7
Injuries ─ 4
Fatals ─ 0
Drownings ─ 0
BWI ─ 23
Drug Arrests ─ 33 

In 2016, five people were killed and 565 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,370 traffic crashes. [The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked 397 traffic crashes that year.] Over the 2016 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 121 people for driving while intoxicated. Troopers investigated 11 boating crashes including 6 injuries and zero fatalities during the 2016 July Fourth holiday weekend. No one drowned during last year's holiday. Troopers arrested 11 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2016 July Fourth holiday. In 2016, troopers also made 122 drug arrests during the July Fourth Holiday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated all 14 of the fatal traffic crashes occurring within the 2017 July Fourth counting period. 
In addition to the two traffic fatalities in Troop F, one traffic fatality occurred in both the Troop C, Weldon Spring area and the Troop G, Willow Springs area. Four traffic fatalities occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff area. Six traffic fatalities occurred in the Troop D, Springfield area.
On June 30, Sherwen S. Sanders, 51, of Centralia died when he fell off the passenger side of the golf cart in which he was a passenger. Sanders struck his head in the fall. Dr. J. Litt pronounced Sanders dead at University Hospital. The fatality occurred in Boone County on Allen Street approximately 14 feet north of Wilson Street in Centralia.
There were no traffic fatalities on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Three people died in traffic crashes on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Johnny O. Riley, 26, of Lilbourn, Mo., died when the motorcycle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the left side of the roadway. Riley was ejected from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The fatality occurred on the Missouri Highway 158 off ramp onto U.S. Highway 67.
Dalton T. Horn, 18, of Exeter, Mo., and Alex W. Brannum, 29, of Russellville, Ala., both died when their Yamaha dirt bikes collided. Neither Horn nor Brannum were wearing a helmet. Dr. Buchele pronounced Horn and Brannum dead at Freeman West Hospital. The crash occurred in McDonald County on Layton Hollow Road four miles south of Rocky Comfort.
Two people died on Monday, July 3, 2017.

Martin E. Callaghan, 57, of Versailles died when the UTV he was operating crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a bridge support, and slid down an embankment. Callaghan was ejected from the UTV. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Dr. M.B. Jones, Morgan County coroner, pronounced Callaghan dead at the scene. The fatal crash occurred in Morgan County on Lake Road W-1, south of Fresno Road.
Chet F. Pullen, 55, of Park Hills, Mo., died when the motorcycle he was operating was struck by a vehicle. Pullen was ejected from the motorcycle. Pullen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. County Coroner Jeff McSpadden pronounced Pullen dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that struck Pullen’s motorcycle was not injured in the crash. The fatality crash occurred in Reynolds County on Highway 21 in Ellington, Mo. 
Eight people died in traffic crashes on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Alex M. Ashlin, 18, of Neosho, MO; Janet M. Ducommun, 67, of Neosho and Ronni J. Ducommun, 32, of Wentzville died when the vehicle in which Ashlin was a passenger crossed the center line and struck the Ducommun vehicle head on. Ashlin was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Both Janet and Ronni Ducommun were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Newton County Coroner Jerry Deems pronounced all three fatalities at the scene of the crash. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line sustained serious injuries; he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred in Newton County on Missouri Route V, three miles south of Joplin. 

Michael P. McClure, 53, of Perryville died when the pickup he was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. McClure was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Perry County Coroner Bill Bohnert pronounced McClure deceased. The crash occurred in Perry County on Highway 61 North.

Gordon R. King, 59, of Berwyn, Ill., died when he swerved to avoid a collision, ran off the left side of the roadway, and struck a ditch and utility pole after the car ahead of him slowed to make a left turn. King was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Dr. Joseph Jones at Mercy Hospital pronounced King dead. The crash occurred in Stone County on Missouri Highway 13 in Lampe, Mo.

Tiffani D. Santana, 32, Pheonix Santana, age unknown, and Jack S. Venneman, 2, all of Adrian, Mo., died when a vehicle struck them and their vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle that struck them was not injured in the crash. Debris from the crash also struck a third vehicle, which was on the shoulder. Dunklin County Coroner James Powell pronounced all three people dead at the scene. The crash occurred in Dunklin County on Missouri Route MM south of the Stoddard County line. 

NOTE: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after this news release was sent out, or if a fatality is determined to be caused by a medical condition rather than a traffic incident.