The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 3 traffic fatalities and 2 drownings during the counting period for the Fourth of July holiday.

The 2018 counting period began on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Two people drowned during the holiday counting period.

13-year old Eric A. Dietrich, 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.

19-year old Cole J. Duffell, of Chesterfield, MO, drowned after he jumped off an embankment into a quarry in Madison County north of Fredericktown, MO. Madison County Coroner Collin Follis pronounced Duffell deceased. Cape Girardeau County Dive Team also responded to the scene.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated one fatal traffic crash, while the Kansas City Police Department investigated two traffic fatalities. Troopers investigated a crash that occurred in the Willow Springs area.

The remaining traffic fatalities occurred in the Kansas City, MO, area. All of the fatal crashes occurred on July 4.

22-year old Austin C. King, of Smithton, IL, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck a deer in the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road, and struck a guard rail. The crash occurred in Reynolds County, on Missouri Highway 21 north of Ellington, MO. King was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Reynolds County Assistant Coroner Tom Stout pronounced King deceased.

29-year old Nicholas J. Bowman, of Blue Springs, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck a curb. Both Bowman and a passenger were ejected. The crash occurred in Jackson County as Bowman was exiting Interstate 35 to 12th Street. The passenger sustained serious injuries in the crash. It is unknown whether or not Bowman and his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Kansas City Police Department officers investigated.

41-year old Derrick D. Iverson, of Kansas City, died when the motorcycle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, left the roadway, struck a curb, continued through the median, and struck a tree. The crash occurred in Jackson County at 104th Street and Holmes Road. It is unknown whether or not Iverson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Kansas City Police Department officers investigated that incident, as well.

Randy Kirby

 

The 2018 counting period began on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.