The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported several fatalities in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday counting period.

The counting period was held from 6:00 p.m. November 27 - 11:59 p.m. December 1.

The Patrol investigated the following (preliminary):

Crashes  404
Injuries  166
Fatalities  7
DWI ─ 94
Drug Arrests ─ 63

One person died in a traffic crash on November 28, 2019.

54-year old Michael J. Scarborough, of Catawissa, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving began to spin on wet pavement as it traveled up an incline. The vehicle spun clockwise and traveled off the right side of the road and went down an embankment before striking a tree. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 21 north of Castle Ranch Road in Jefferson County. Valley Ambulance EMS personnel pronounced Scarborough dead at the scene. Scarborough was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Three people died in traffic crashes on November 29, 2019.

54-year old Robyn P. Schupp, of Marthasville, MO, and 63-year old Barb A. Boeshansz, of Obetz, OH, died when their vehicle skidded across the center line and impacted a second vehicle. Schupp was driving too fast for conditions. The crash occurred on Missouri Route D at Lake 27 on the August A. Busch Wildlife Conservation Area in St. Charles County. The second vehicle came to rest in a ditch; that driver sustained serious injuries in the crash. Dr. Brian Ullery pronounced Schupp deceased at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. J. Mahlick pronounced Boeshansz deceased at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, MO. All three people were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

88-year old Paul D. Scaglione, of Dittmer, MO, died when another vehicle traveled across the center line and struck the vehicle he was driving. The crash occurred on Missouri Route B north of Janssen's Lake Drive in Jefferson County. A passenger in Scaglione's vehicle sustained serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the Scaglione vehicle sustained serious injuries. Big River Ambulance personnel pronounced Scaglione deceased at the scene. Scaglione and his passenger were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt.

Four people died in traffic crashes on November 30, 2019.

28-year old Kristina L. Blair, of Potosi, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. The crash occurred on Missouri Route M west of Trail Tree Farm Road in Washington County. Washington County Deputy Coroner Steve Hatfield pronounced Blair deceased at the scene. Blair was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

19-year old Darrell E. Taylor, of New London, MO, died when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on a wet roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway, and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its top in the ditch. The crash occurred on Missouri Route N west of Saverton, MO, in Ralls County. Acting Ralls County Coroner Sgt. Shawn Lenard pronounced Taylor deceased at the scene. Taylor was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

42-year old Anthony L. Edwards, of Jennings, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving struck a concrete pole and light stand. The crash occurred on Hall Street in St. Louis, MO. Paramedic John Palinsky pronounced Edwards deceased at the scene. The St. Louis City Police Department investigated the crash.

51-year old Rodney G. Meyers, died in a traffic crash on Missouri Route FF in Joplin, MO. The Joplin Police Department is investigating the crash.

One person died in a traffic crash on December 1, 2019.

56-year old David V. Gulledge, of Springfield, MO, died when he was struck by a vehicle. Gulledge was a pedestrian in the roadway. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 413 west of Springfield, MO, in Greene County. Medical Examiner Noah Cross pronounced Gulledge deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Three drownings occurred on November 30, 2019.

Two juvenile males died when the vehicle in which they were passengers traveled into a flooded crossing. The vehicle was swept away with all occupants entering the water. The driver sustained moderate injuries; a third juvenile occupant sustained serious injuries. The third juvenile passenger was in a child restraint. It is unknown if the two fatalities and the driver were using safety devices. The incident occurred on County Road 356 southeast of Patton, MO, at Little White Water Creek Crossing in Bollinger County. Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings pronounced both juvenile males deceased at the scene.

48-year old Todd P. Dean, of Mandeville, LA, died when he drove his vehicle into a flooded crossing and the vehicle was swept downstream. The incident occurred on County Road 234 one mile from Sedgewickville, MO, in Bollinger County. Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings pronounced Dean deceased at the scene. Dean was wearing a seat belt.