Statistics show less crashes over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend compared to 2010. Click to hear KMZU’s Jillian Molloy talk with Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull.

Captain Tim Hull

Press Release from the Missouri Highway Patrol:

Four people died in traffic crashes over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.
Last year, six people were killed during the three-day weekend. The
Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 281 traffic crashes resulting in
127 injuries and three of the fatalities during the counting period of 6
p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2011. The
Jefferson City Police Department investigated one fatality. During this
same counting period, 133 people were arrested by the Patrol for driving
while intoxicated. During the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, the Patrol
investigated 270 traffic crashes resulting in 133 injuries and arrested 157
people for driving while intoxicated.

There were no boating fatalities over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.
However, troopers investigated eight boating crashes involving one injury.
One person drowned at the Lake Of The Ozarks. Troopers also arrested 23
people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. During the
2010 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated 14 boating accidents,
which included eight injuries and zero fatalities. Three people drowned and
36 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during last year’s
Memorial Day weekend.

Of the three fatalities investigated by the Patrol, two fatalities occurred
in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area; and one fatality occurred in the Troop
A, Lee’s Summit area.

Three of the fatal crashes occurred on Sunday, May 29, 2011.  Jimmie L.
Brown, 59, of Imperial, MO, died when the 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle
he was driving traveled off the east side of the roadway, and struck a tree
and barbed wire fence. The crash occurred on Missouri Route E south of
Belleville Lane in Jefferson County. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene
by Valle Ambulance District personnel. A passenger on the motorcycle
sustained serious injuries, and was flown to St. John’s Medical Center.

Bradley M. Harris, 14, of Washington, MO, died when the driver of the
motorcycle on which he was a passenger lost control. The 2009 Harley
Davidson slid into another lane, the driver was ejected. Harris and the
motorcycle were struck by two vehicles. Harris was pronounced dead at St.
Johns Medical Center by Dr. Nyachowe. The driver of the motorcycle
sustained moderate injuries in the crash. The drivers of the second and
third vehicles involved in the crash were not injured. The crash occurred
on Interstate 70 west of Missouri Highway 94 in St. Charles County.
Andrew M. Thomas, 27, of Newton, IA, died when the vehicle he was driving
ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. Thomas was ejected from the
vehicle, which then struck the guardrail a second time. The crash occurred
at U.S. Highway 54 east and U.S. Highway 63 South in Cole County. Thomas
was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The Jefferson City
Police Department investigated the crash.

One fatal traffic crash occurred on Monday, May 30, 2011. Terry L. Stutts,
52, of Peculiar, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving crossed the
median, rolled several times, and came to rest on the right shoulder of the
southbound lanes. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 71 north of Missouri
Route C in Cass County. Stutts was not wearing a seat belt at the time of
the crash. A passenger in Stutts’ vehicle was wearing a seat belt; she
sustained moderate injuries in the crash. Stutts was pronounced dead at the
scene.

The drowning over the Memorial Day weekend holiday occurred on Monday, May
30, 2011. Timothy L. Miller, 39, of St. Louis, MO, drowned while swimming
off a dock on Lake of the Ozarks at the 21 1/2 mile-mark in Salt Hollow
Cove in Camden County. Witnesses on a neighboring dock heard the victim
yell for help before he went under water and did not resurface. The
victim’s body was located by Highway Patrol troopers using sonar. The
Mid-County Dive Team recovered the body. Miller was pronounced dead at the
scene by Camden County Coroner Dr. James Jungels.

NOTE: The above holiday totals do not include one drowning and one vehicle
fatality, both of which occurred on private property. 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 rather than
traffic incident.