The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that nine people died in traffic crashes over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend.

Of the nine traffic crash fatalities, eight were investigated by the Patrol. Three fatalities occurred in both the Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO, area, and the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area. One fatality occurred in both the Troop D, Springfield, MO, area, and Troop H, St. Joseph, MO, area. St. Louis County Police Department investigated the remaining fatality.

Five people died in traffic crashes on Saturday, May 26, including 18-year old Kristen D. Moore, of Independence. She died when a possible defect caused the vehicle to skid and travel off the right side of the roadway. The crash occurred in Saline County on I-70 at the 68-mile marker.

Other fatalities from Saturday include 38-year old Jerald R. McDaniel, of Bethany, 48-year old Christopher H. Kent, 62-year old Anthony J. Nolda, and 79-year old Alan Landis, all of St. Louis.

Three people died in traffic crashes on Sunday, May 27, including 48-year old Charles W. Ridenour,of Cadet, MO, 88-year old Ruth King, of Wichita, KS, and 75-year old Larry G. Kelly, of Kansas City, KS.

One person was pronounced dead due to a traffic crash on, Monday May 28. 23-year old Richard Watson died when the motorcycle he was riding traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned in Ray County.

There were no traffic fatalities reported on Friday, May 25.

There were zero boating fatalities over the Memorial Day counting period., however marine operations troopers investigated 12 boating crashes involving 10 injuries. Troopers arrested 16 boaters for boating while intoxicated and made 29 drug arrests.

The 2018 Memorial Day Weekend counting period was May 26 - May 28.