5 Traffic Fatalities Reported Over Labor Day Weekend
Five people died in traffic crashes on Missouri roadways during the Labor Day weekend.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the holiday counting period ran from 6:00 p.m. Aug 31 - 11:59 p.m. Sept 3. The results from traffic and boating crashes are listed below.
2018 Labor Day Holiday Traffic Statistics
Crashes ─ 258
Injuries ─ 92
Fatalities ─ 5
DWI ─ 97
2018 Labor Day Holiday Boating Statistics
Crashes ─ 9
Injuries ─ 3
Fatalities ─ 0
Drownings ─ 0
BWI ─ 15
Of the 4 traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated, three occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area, and one occurred in the Troop D, Springfield, MO, area. The Springfield Police Department also investigated one fatality over the holiday weekend.
Two fatalities occurred on Aug 31. The Patrol says 25-year old Trae J. Rollhause, of House Springs, MO, and 24-year old Shyann T. Bellagamba, of Pevely, MO, died when the motorcycle Rollhause was operating eastbound on Missouri Highway 30 at a high rate of speed struck the right rear side of a vehicle attempting to make a left turn from the westbound lanes. The crash occurred in Jefferson County on Missouri Highway 30 at Carol Park Drive. Both Rollhause and Bellagamba were wearing helmets. The driver of the vehicle turning left was not injured; she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. North Jefferson County EMS personnel pronounced both Rollhause and Bellagamba dead at the scene of the crash.
Two people died in traffic crashes on Sept 1. The Patrol reports that 53-year old John W. Plummer, of Godfrey, IL, died when the vehicle in front of the motorcycle he was driving slowed for traffic. Plummer was following too close and struck the vehicle's rear. A motorcycle following Plummer also was following too close and struck Plummer's motorcycle. The crash occurred in St. Charles County on Missouri Highway 94 east of Sanders Road. Both motorcycle operators were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. The operator of the second motorcycle sustained serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle Plummer struck was wearing a seat belt; he was not injured in the crash. St. Charles EMS pronounced Plummer dead at the scene.
65-year old Gary Jones, of Springfield, MO, died when a vehicle attempting to make a left turn pulled into the path of the motorcycle he was operating. He was ejected from the motorcycle. The crash occurred in Greene County at the intersection of West Bypass and College in Springfield, MO. Jones was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Jones was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The vehicle driver was wearing a seat belt; she was not injured. The Springfield Police Department investigated.
One fatality was discovered on Monday, September 3, however the Patrol says the date of the actual crash is unknown. 52-year old Richard C. Clemmons, Wyandotte, OK, died when the motorcycle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the right side of the roadway. He was ejected from the motorcycle. Clemmons was not wearing a helmet. The crash occurred in Newton County on Mulberry Road west of Neosho, MO. Newton County Coroner Dale Owens pronounced Clemmons deceased at the scene.
The MSHP did not report any fatalities on Sunday, Sept 2.
Eleven fatalities were reported during the 2017 Labor Day weekend.