One person was killed and three people were injured in a three-car collision that occurred Friday night in Camden County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a northbound 2009 Volkswagen GTI, driven by 32-year-old Miles D. Aldrich of Camdenton, was on Missouri 5 on the Niangua Bridge just after 7 p.m., when he swerved to avoid a northbound 2010 Cadillac CTS, driven by 55-year-old Donna K. Hunt of Union. The front left of the VW struck the rear of the Cadillac. The front of a southbound 2008 Yamaha MC, driven by 54-year-old Drew E. Fairchild of Camdenton, struck the right side of the Cadillac. The Yamaha and Cadillac ran off the left side of the road and hit a concrete barrier. The VW traveled off the left side, hit the concrete barrier and returned to the roadway.

Fairchild, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:56 p.m., by Camden County Medical Examiner Crystal Lloyd. The body was taken to Allee Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton.

Hunt and her passenger, 55-year-old Craig J. Hunt both of Union, both suffered serious injuries and were transported to University Hospital by Mercy Ambulance, for treatment.

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Aldrich suffered moderate injuries, and was released to jail after a medical evaluation. Aldrich was arrested by the Patrol at 7:50 p.,m., and charged with driving while intoxicated, causing the death of another, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, and two counts of driving while intoxicated causing serious physical injury.

Aldrich was taken to the Camden County Jail on a 24-hour hold.

This was Troop F's first fatality for December, and the 70th for 2022. There were a total of six Troopers on scene.

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