MSHP Reports Five Traffic Fatalities & One Drowning Over July Fourth Holiday
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2020 July Fourth holiday statistics:
2020 July Fourth Holiday Traffic Statistics
Troopers worked 294 traffic crashes, which included 107 injuries and five fatalities. Troopers also made 139 DWI arrests and 126 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.
2020 July Fourth Holiday Boating Statistics
Troopers worked nine boating crashes, which included four injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers made six BWI arrests and 25 drug arrests. There was one drowning over the holiday weekend.
The 2020 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020.
[During the 2019 counting period, 15 people were killed and 457 injured statewide in Missouri over the holiday in 1,109 traffic crashes. Troopers arrested 162 people for driving while intoxicated last year. Over the 2019 July Fourth holiday, there were nine boating crashes, which included four injuries and zero fatalities. Three people drowned during last year's holiday. Troopers made 13 boating while intoxicated arrests during the 2019 counting period.]
Traffic fatalities occurred in the Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO, Troop C, Weldon Spring, Mo., Troop E, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Troop F, Jefferson City, Mo., areas. Troopers worked all five traffic fatalities.
There were no traffic or boating fatalities or drownings on Thursday, July 2, 2020, during the counting period.
One person drowned Friday, July 3, 2020. Gregory J. Muller, 62, of O’Fallon, Mo., drowned when he was swimming off a sandbar and got caught in an eddy. Muller was not wearing a life jacket. The incident occurred at the 54-mile marker of the Missouri River in St. Charles County. St. Charles Ambulance District personnel pronounced Muller deceased at the scene.
One person died in a traffic crash on Friday, July 3, 2020. Samuel T. Jakubczak, 24, of Troy, Mo., died when another driver failed to yield and the motorcycle he was operating struck the driver’s side of the vehicle. Jakubczak was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which occurred on Missouri Highway J south of Pear Tree Road in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Coroner R. Parker pronounced Jakubczak deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; she sustained serious injuries.
Two people died on Saturday, July 4, 2020. A one-year-old male from Kansas City, MO, died after being struck by a vehicle. The child was in the roadway at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Shawnee View Drive in Camden County, Mo.. Dr. W.T. Cooper pronounced the child deceased at Lake Regional Hospital. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was not injured.
Regino Puente, 63, of Dallas, TX, died when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, and it ran off the left side of the roadway, and overturned. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Interstate 55 at the 33-mile marker in New Madrid County, Mo.. New Madrid County Coroner George DeLisle pronounced Puente deceased at the scene. There were two passengers in Puente’s vehicle. One passenger was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, and sustained serious injuries. The other passenger was wearing a seat belt and sustained serious injuries.
Two people died in fatal traffic crashes on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Bryan H. Sanders, 53, of Odessa, Mo., died when the motorcycle he was driving traveled off the roadway, struck a fence and several trees. Sanders was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Route OO at NW 521st Road in Johnson County, Mo. Dr. C. Hirsch pronounced Sanders deceased at Western Missouri Medical Center. A passenger on the motorcycle sustained moderate injuries. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Information about the remaining fatality is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The crash occurred in Butler County, Mo.
NOTE: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, if other departments report fatalities after this news release was sent out, or if a fatality is determined to be caused by a medical condition rather than a traffic incident.