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MSHP: 15 deaths over 2014 Thanksgiving holiday

MISSOURI (KFVS) -

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports there were 15 deaths during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday.

The deaths occurred between 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Troopers investigated 319 traffic crashes, including 109 injuries.

In addition, MSHP says troopers arrested 92 people for driving while intoxicated.

They say the highway patrol investigated all 15 deaths.

Nine of the deaths were in the Troop D, Springfield area; three were in the Troop C, Weldon Spring area; one happened in each of the Troop A, Lee's Summit; Troop E, Poplar Bluff and Troop I, Rolla areas.

According to the highway patrol, five deaths happened on Wednesday, Nov. 26. They include:

  • Deanna K. Davidson, 24, of East Prairie, Mo. She died when the vehicle she was driving ran off the road, hit a ditch and overturned. A passenger in Davidson's vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash. Neither Davidson, nor her passenger were wearing seat belts. Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker pronounced Davidson dead at the scene. The crash happened in Mississippi County on Route B south of County Road 416.
  • Logan A. Middleton, 19, of Nixa, Mo.; Lance D. Porterfield, 19, of Sparta, Mo.; Landon C. Potts, 17, of Nixa, Mo. and Cody R. Uber, 19, of Nixa, Mo. all died when the vehicle Potts was driving southbound on Pleasant View Road went off the left side of the road and hit a tree. Four additional passengers were injured in the crash. Two passengers sustained minor injuries; two sustained serious injuries. Middleton, Potts, Porterfield, Potts and Uber were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Three of the four additional passengers were wearing seat belts. Stone County Coroner John Cunningham pronounced all four deaths at the scene. The crash happened in Stone County on Pleasant View Road west of Highlandville, Mo.

Two deaths happened on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27. They include:

  • Wade A Mathes, 39, of Augusta, Mo. died when the vehicle he was driving was going too fast for the road conditions and failed to maintain a lane. The vehicle slide off the right side of the road and overturned. Mathes was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. A St. Charles County paramedic pronounced Mathes dead at the scene. The crash happened in St. Charles County on eastbound U.S. Highway 94 west of Hinnah Lane.
  • John Anderson, 60, of Kansas City, Mo. died when the vehicle he was driving ran off the left side of the road and hit a guardrail. Anderson was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Jackson County Medical Examiner Brianna Curtin pronounced Anderson dead at the scene. The crash happened in Clay County on northbound Interstate 35 south of Brighton, Mo.

The highway patrol says four deaths happened on Friday, Nov. 28. They include:

  • Brian C. Barham, 40, of Stockton, Mo. died when the right front tire of his vehicle blew out. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road, hit a tree and overturned. Barham was not wearing a seat belt. Chief Deputy Coroner Thomas D.K. Heiber pronounced Barham dead. Nevada Fire Department, Deerfield Fire Department and MoDOT personnel helped at the scene. The crash happened in Vernon County on U.S. Highway 54 west of Nevadea, Mo.
  • Scott J. Mueller, 50, of St. Charles, Mo. died when he was going too fast for conditions and laid down his motorcycle, which left the road into the median. Dr. S. Marquez at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., pronounced Mueller dead. The crash happened in St. Charles County on northbound U.S. Highway 61 at McHugh Road.
  • Lawrence Collins, 67, of Newburg, Mo. died when the vehicle he was driving went off the right side of the road, hit a mailbox and then went down an embankment. The left, front of the vehicle hit a culvert. The vehicle then overturned, hit a fence and came to a rest on its top. Collins was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Phelps County Deputy Coroner Lenox Jones pronounced Collins dead at the scene. The crash happened in Phelps County on Missouri Route FF east of Edgar Springs, Mo.
  • Mark A. Jolliff, 31, of Bourbon, Mo. died after his vehicle hit the trailer of a commercial vehicle, which had stopped. The trailer was left in the left lane. Jolliff's vehicle then hit a third vehicle. It is unknown whether or not Jolliff was wearing a seat belt. A Missouri Baptist Hospital paramedic pronounced Jolliff dead at the scene. Neither driver of the other two vehicles were injured in the crash. The crash happened in Franklin County on eastbound Interstate 44 at the 255-mile marker.

Four deaths happened on Saturday, Nov. 29. They include:

  • Katie N. Hill, 79, of Walnut Grove, Mo. died when the vehicle she was driving failed to negotiate a curve and Hill lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then went off the road and overturned. Hill was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Polk County Coroner Roy Harms pronounced Hill dead at the scene. The crash happened in Polk County on Missouri Highway 215 west of Morrisville, Mo.
  • Patricia R. Stierwalt, 53, of Harrison, Ark. died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger ran off the road. The driver overcorrected, resulting in the vehicle overturning. As it overturned, debris was set in motion and hit a second vehicle. Stierwalt was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Dr. Salim Rahman at Cox South Hospital pronounced Stierwalt dead at the hospital. The driver of Stierwalt's vehicle was wearing a seat belt, he sustained moderate injuries in the crash. A passenger in the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt. She sustained moderate injuries in the crash. The crash happened in Taney County on U.S. Highway 65 north of Branson, Mo.
  • Andrea B. Obermann, 37, of Monett, Mo. died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger ran off the road and hit a tree. Obermann was not wearing a seat belt. Lawrence County Coroner Dan Lakin pronounced Obermann dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt and he was not injured in the crash. The crash happened in Lawrence County on County Road 2230 east of Monett, Mo.
  • Darrell A. Kirkland, 52, of Walnut Shade, Mo. died when the vehicle he was driving ran off the right side of the road and overturned. Kirkland was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Greene County Deputy Medical Examiner David Brown pronounced Kirkland dead at the scene. The crash happened in Greene County on Missouri Route MM in Republic, Mo.

According to the MSHP, there were no boating incidents, boating while intoxicated arrests or drownings reported during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday.

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