Missouri State Highway Patrol reports six traffic deaths and one drowning during July 4 holiday count period

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following statistics for the Fourth July 2022 holiday for the count period from 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 1 to 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4, 2022.

Traffic statistics for July 4, 2022

The soldiers worked:

  • 285 traffic accidents including 107 injuries and six deaths
  • 141 arrests for DWI
  • 82 drug arrests

July 4, 2022 Recreational Boating Statistics

The soldiers worked:

  • 11 nautical accidents including 5 injured
  • 13 arrests for boating while intoxicated (BWI)
  • 18 drug arrests.
  • 1 person drowned over the bank holiday weekend

On July 4, 2022, Uriel P. Ramirez, 25, of Collinsville, IL, drowned after jumping off a cliff into the Meramec River in Meramec State Park below the boat launch. state park water. Missouri Emergency Medical Services personnel Baptist Sullivan pronounced Ramirez dead at the scene. Missouri Park Rangers A. Carson and E. Ferrel and the Sullivan, MO Fire Department assisted.

Three traffic fatalities occurred in the D Troop area, Springfield, MO; two traffic fatalities occurred in the C Troop area, Weldon Spring, MO; and one traffic fatality occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff area. Soldiers worked on the six road casualties.

Three traffic fatalities occurred on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Jack K. Meese, 48, of New Madrid, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway, hit a tree, overturned and caught fire. Meese was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The crash occurred in Bollinger County on Missouri Highway P west of Arab, MO. Bollinger County Deputy Coroner Lee Gilliam pronounced Meese dead at the scene.

Wayne E. Sprenkle, 57, of Jasper, MO, died when the motorcycle he was riding swerved to avoid an object in the roadway. He lost control of the motorcycle and it overturned. Sprenkle was ejected. The motorcycle and Sprenkle skidded in the center of the roadway and came to rest in the passing lane. Sprenkle was not wearing a helmet. The accident happened in Barton County on Interstate 49 south of Sheldon, MO. Dr. Clinton Loy of Cox Hospital pronounced Sprenkle dead at the scene.

Brian A. Bradley, 51, of Diamond, MO, died when the UTV he was driving veered off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, and the vehicle overturned. Bradley was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The accident happened in Newton County on Elder Road west of Diamond, MO. Newton County Deputy Coroner Brian Artherton pronounced Bradley dead at the scene.

A traffic fatality occurred on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Kailey R. Spencer, 33, of Troy, MO, died when she was struck by a vehicle. The accident happened in Lincoln County on Missouri Route 47 east of Brushy Ridge Lane. Lincoln County Ambulance District personnel pronounced Spencer dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that hit Spencer was not injured. It is unclear whether or not he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Two road deaths occurred on Monday, July 4, 2022. Bruce D. Dodge, 60, of Wyandotte, OK, died when the motorcycle he was riding hit the rear of a vehicle. Dodge was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The crash occurred in Newton County on Missouri Highway 43 at Missouri Route U in Seneca, MO. Newton County Coroner Jerry Deems pronounced Dodge dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that the Dodge motorcycle hit was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt.

Scott J. Drennen, 29, died when a vehicle left the right side of the roadway on the shoulder and struck Drennen, who was walking. The crash occurred in St. Louis County on the southbound Interstate 55 on-ramp at Interstate 270. Mehlville, MO, Fire Protection District Ambulance personnel pronounced Drennen dead on the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. St. Louis County officers responded to the scene.

The Fourth of July 2021 holiday count period began at 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 4, 2021. During the 2021 count period, seven people were killed and 532 injured statewide in Missouri during the holiday in 1,139 traffic crashes. Soldiers arrested 80 people for drunk driving last year. During the holiday of July 4, 2021, there were 12 boating accidents, including eight injuries and one fatality. A person drowned during the holidays last year. Soldiers made nine drunken boat arrests during the 2021 tally period.

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