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Friday, 13 September 2013 15:14

Woman charged for fatal drunk driving accident

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 21-year-old St. Louis County woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly driving drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed her boyfriend.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rachel Collier of Overland is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

The accident on April 28 killed 26-year-old Desmond Edwards. Police say the couple had been drinking and arguing inside the car. Court documents indicate that when Edwards got out, Collier moved to the driver's seat, started the car and began driving.

She told police that she was going too fast and didn't see Edwards when she hit him.

Collier is jailed on $75,000 bond.

 

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Highway 94 was closed in both directions between H and Church Rd. for several hours while the Missouri Highway Patrol investigated a fatal accident.

A man attending to some yard work in St. Charles County was killed this morning after being hit by a car that spun off the roadway. The accident happened shortly after 7:30 on Highway 94 at Church Road. The Highway Patrol says the car spun off the roadway, hit an embankment and flipped over several times, striking the victim. He died at the scene. The driver was injured and transported to the hospital.  Authorities did not say what caused the driver to lose control.

No charges have been filed and the names of the victim and driver have not been released.

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A main throughway in north St. Louis was closed for hours today as crews dealt with a road collapse.

It appears that a fire line broke a water pipe under the road near the intersection of North Broadway and North Market. The broken pipe opened up a hole in the street that is about 80 feet long, 10 feet wife, and 8 feet deep.  

North Broadway has been reopened, but the southbound lanes remain closed.

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One jockey has been released from the hospital after a collision at Fairmount Park on Tuesday.

Robert Cummings was jockeying the Number 2 horse Shakkarena when they collided with another horse. Cummings suffered only bruises and was released from the hospital.

The other jockey, Rohan Singh, remains at St. Louis University Hospital with broken ribs and internal injuries--he is expected to be released early next week.

As for the horses, Singh's ride, She's on Her Way was not injured. Cummings' mount was not so lucky. Shakkarena had to be euthanized.

 

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:30

Crews reopen I-55 after major accident

Crews have just reopened northbound I-55 south of downtown St. Louis after a major accident this morning had the highway shutdown.

Just before 11 AM, two vehicles were overturned in an accident. The crash was near the Potomac exit. Five people, four adults and one child, were taken to the hospital.

Still no word on what caused the accident.

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   The Jennings post office in the 9800 block of New Halls Ferry Road is closed indefinitely after a car crashed through it, injuring two women.

   It happened about 11:30 Monday morning.  The car plowed through the lobby, then crashed through an interior wall and into a work area.  It's not yet known what caused the crash. 

   Postal officials say mail that would normally go to the Jennings post office will instead be delivered to the Garden Post Office in the 8300 block of North Broadway.

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CEBU, Philippines (AP) — Divers have plucked two more bodies from a sunken passenger ferry and are scrambling to plug an oil leak in the wreckage after a collision with a cargo ship. The accident near the central Philippine port of Cebu that has left 34 dead and more than 80 others missing.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said Sunday that 751 passengers and crewmen of the MV Thomas Aquinas have been rescued after the inter-island ferry figured in a collision late Friday with the MV Sulpicio Express Siete then rapidly sank off the Cebu pier.

Stunned passengers were forced to jump in the dark into the water after the captain ordered the doomed ferry abandoned.

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   Some thought he had been an angel, others a ghost, but a mysterious priest who seemed to just appear at a horrific accident scene on Highway 19 near Center, Missouri last week is real.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City issued a statement Monday identifying him as Fr. Patrick Dowling of Columbia.  

   Fr. Dowling has been the subject of speculation since arriving with anointing oils and praying with rescuers and 19-year-old Katie Lentz, of Quincy, Illinois, who was trapped in her mangled car. Then he had seemed to disappear.  

   The diocese says Fr. Dowling came across the scene while driving between morning Mass assignments.  

   Fr. Dowling wrote about the August 4 accident in the comments section of story about the crash on the National Catholic Register website. Here is what he wrote:

   “I had Mass in Ewing MO as the regular priest was sick. As I was returning, I arrived at the scene. The authorities were redirecting traffic. I waited till it was possible to drive up closer. I parked behind a large vehicle about 150 yards from the scene. I asked the Sheriff’s permission and approached the scene of the accident. I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt. Then I stepped aside to where some rescue personnel and the pilot were waiting, and prayed the rosary silently. I left when the helicopter was about to take off, and before I got to my car it was on its way to Quincy. I was amazed at the calmness of the two Highway patrol men. The sergeant was completely in control, amazingly calm. Everybody worked as harmoniously as a Swiss watch despite the critical nature of the scene. I gave my name to one of the authorities, perhaps to the sergeant of Highway Patrol, explaining that I was returning having celebrated Mass at Ewing. It was the sergeant who, at the Sheriff’s request, gave me Katie’s name as I was leaving, so I could visit her in hospital—I assumed she would be taken to Columbia. I think there may have been angels there too and, in this context, I congratulate the fire team from New London and Hannibal, the Sheriff/deputies of Ralls County, the Highway Patrol personnel, the helicopter team, the nurses and all who worked so professionally. God has blessed your work. I hope the credit goes where it is due.”

 

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One woman is in critical condition after a series accident in Des Peres Monday afternoon.

Police say a work truck hit a car at the intersection of Manchester and Lockett around 2 PM. A man and woman were in the car and both were injured. KMOV reports the woman was briefly trapped in the car and was freed by emergency crews. The woman remains in critical condition.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

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   Police are calling the death of a four year old metro-east boy a tragic accident.  

   Major Jeff Conner with the Granite City Police says Charles Collins was stuck and killed about 5:30 Saturday evening in the first block of Steele Drive.  Major Conner says the boy had apparently run into the street and was stuck by a family member's car.  

   He was pronounced dead after being transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center.  

   An autopsy will be performed today, but police don't expect to file any charges in the case.

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