There has now been a third fatality as a result of the crash near the Highway 5 Niangua Bridge last week.
Two-year-old Malachi Brazil passed away at Mercy Hospital in Springfield on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, five days after the motor vehicle collision that claimed the life of his mother, Jessica Brazil. The Camdenton woman was 33 years old. Thirty-two-year-old Amber Metcalf of Versailles was also killed.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Metcalf was the driver of a northbound SUV that crossed the center line just south of the bridge around 7 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, striking a southbound minivan driven by Jessica Brazil.
Both women were pronounced deceased at the scene at 8:09 a.m.
Having serious injuries, Malachi had been flown to Mercy Hospital by air ambulance following the crash.
The passing of Malachi Brazil is MSHP Troop F region’s sixth roadway fatality in March and its ninth this year.
Two other children who were in the minivan survive — a four-year-old boy, Jordan Brazil, and a six-year-old girl identified by the initials J.P. Both children suffered injuries described as serious in the MSHP crash report. Jordan Brazil was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital before being flown by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital. J.P. was taken to Lake Regional Hospital, then Mercy Hospital by ground ambulance.
There have been special bank accounts and GoFundMe.org accounts set up to help the families.