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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A popular circus performer from St. Louis has been identified as the victim of a fiery accident.
Police on Tuesday said 21-year-old Reginald Moore died in the wreck. Moore lost control of his 2003 Toyota Corolla on Friday afternoon and crashed into a concrete support for a railroad trestle.
A passing motorist stopped and pulled Moore from the car before it completely caught fire, but he had severe head and face injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The injuries were so severe that it took days for positive identification.
Moore was a juggler and acrobat for Circus Harmony.
An early morning accident leaves a woman and two children dead.
Around 5:30 Friday morning, a cargo van crashed into a Chevy Impala on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois. Investigators say it appears the Chevy was either stopped or moving very slowly when the accident occurred. A woman sitting in the front seat of the car was killed and two kids in the back seat of the car died as well. Two other children were taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis.
The driver of the van was not injured.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A river worker is hospitalized after his boat was struck by a barge on the Missouri River near St. Charles.
The 51-year-old man's name has not been released following the accident on Wednesday. Police say he lives in the Rolla area. His condition was not immediately known.
Authorities say the man was doing work on a train trestle that crosses the river. He was driving a boat struck by a barge, even though the tug boat pushing the barge sounded its horn several times.
The boat capsized and went under the barge. Workers on a rescue boat took the victim to shore.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the crash.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Investigators continue to look into an accident in which a minivan crashed into a suburban St. Louis health urgent care center.
Authorities on Tuesday identified the man killed in the wreck as Marvin H. Meyer, the 88-year-old driver of the minivan. His 81-year-old wife, Gloria, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police say the minivan was pulling out of the entrance to a St. Charles Wal-Mart store Sunday when it was struck by a pickup truck. The impact caused the minivan to go off the roadway and hit the Our Urgent Care clinic.
No one inside the urgent care facility was injured. Occupants of the truck also were not hurt.
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) - A 1-year-old girl is dead after a weekend driveway accident in St. Francois County.
KMOV-TV reports that the Potosi child was run over outside a home near Desloge on Sunday evening.
Police say the toddler got out of a parked car, which then rolled backward and hit her. She was flown to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
An off duty St. Louis police officer is fighting for his life after being ejected from his vehicle during a traffic accident early Sunday evening. Police say it happened at Jamieson and Fyler about 5:30 p.m.
The 25 year old officer and his girlfriend had been traveling south on Jamieson when their vehicle collided with an SUV. The officer's vehicle rolled several times.
Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officer suffered head injuries. No one else was seriously hurt.
Accident reconstruction crews are investigating.
Dotson told the paper the injured officer has been with the department about a year, and works in the 5th district.
ALORTON, Ill. (AP) — A 16-month-old southern Illinois boy has died after being hit by an unsecured television during a car crash.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Marshawn Billops of Centreville, Illinois died Friday evening at St. Louis Children's Hospital about five hours after the car he was riding in crashed into a light pole in Alorton.
An unsecured television hit the boy as it flew out of the back seat of the car and caused severe head injuries that led to his death, police said.
Alorton police say the television was a flat-screen weighing about 80 pounds. Billops' mother and sister suffered minor injuries and were able to get out of the car. Police say Marshawn was trapped inside the car and had to be rescued.
Police have identified the victim in a fatal car crash in North St. Louis.
Police say four people were in a speeding SUV on North Broadway near East Grand around 1 AM, when the driver lost control. The SUV hit a pole, flipped over, and landed on top of a car parked at a nearby gas station. 32-year old Corey Criswell was sitting in a back seat and was ejected from the vehicle. Criswell was taken to the hospital where he died.
Witnesses told police the SUV was racing with another car before the accident.
A Jefferson County man is in serious condition after he was run over by his son and stepdaughter.
The incident happened Thursday night. Police say the man started arguing with his son and tried to pull him out of his pick up truck. In the struggle the father was knocked down and the son ran him over. Police say the stepdaughter also ran over the man with an SUV.
The search continues for both suspects. The father remains hospitalized.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have discovered a $3.4 million theft by an employee who died in a December car accident.
School leaders told The Boston Globe an internal investigation found that for five years financial analyst Leo Villani siphoned funds from payments intended for the state Medicaid insurance program. It may be the biggest theft by a state employee in more than a decade.
Officials at the Worcester (WUS'-tur) school say Villani made $46,000 a year, but drove a Porsche, collected Salvador Dali paintings and built a large home in Uxbridge. They say he claimed he inherited money.
The school has dismissed one supervisor and disciplined several other workers in response to the theft. It also has called in an outside auditor.