Springfield, Mo - Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Reports Three Traffic Fatalities, Zero Boating Fatalities, & Two Drownings Over July Fourth Holiday Counting Period.
The 2018 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
During the 102-hour counting period in 2017, 26 people were killed and 469 injured statewide in Missouri over the holiday in 1,076 traffic crashes. Over the 2017 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 172 people for driving while intoxicated.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated one fatal traffic crash occurring within the 2018 July Fourth counting period. The Kansas City Police Department investigated two traffic fatalities.The fatality crash troopers investigated occurred in the Troop G, Willow Springs, MO, area. The remaining fatalities occurred in the Troop A, Kansas City, MO, area.
There were no fatal traffic crashes reported on July 3, 2018, during the counting period.
Two people drowned during the 2018 July Fourth holiday counting period.
Eric A. Dietrich, 13, of Geneseo, IL, drowned after jumping off a vessel. The drowning occurred in Camden County at the 21-mile marker of the Osage Arm in Salt Hollow Cove at Lake of the Ozarks. Medical Examiner Crystal Lloyd pronounced Dietrich deceased. Mid-County Fire Department and Dive Team also responded to the scene. Dietrich was recovered at 8:47 p.m. on July 4.
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