The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 17 people died in traffic crashes during the 2013 July Fourth holiday counting period.
Fatality near Carthage
Brenda L. Richards, 44, of Washington, died on Saturday when the vehicle she was driving ran off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected causing the vehicle to travel across the roadway and into the median where it overturned. Richards was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Deputy Coroner Woodward pronounced Richards dead at the scene. The crash occurred in Jasper County on Interstate 44, four miles east of Carthage.
The counting period began at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 8. The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked 358 traffic crashes in which 13 people died and 157 were injured. The Columbia Police Department worked one fatality crash; St. Louis City Police Department worked a triple fatality crash.
Troopers arrested 199 people for driving while intoxicated during this year's 102-hour holiday counting period.
During last year's 30-hour counting period, troopers worked 99 traffic crashes in which three people died and 45 were injured.
The patrol said troopers arrested 59 people for driving while intoxicated last year. Statewide, in 2012, there were 385 traffic crashes, in which four people died and 194 were injured.
There were zero boating fatalities over the 2013 July Fourth counting period. Troopers investigated 17 boating crashes involving 11 injuries. Three people apparently drowned on Missouri waterways.
Troopers also arrested 17 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday counting period. During the 2012 July Fourth weekend, officers investigated six boating crashes, which included two injuries and no fatalities.
The patrol said one person drowned, two people were electrocuted, and seven people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during last year’s July Fourth weekend.
Of the 13 fatalities investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, five occurred in the Troop A, Lee's Summit, area; one occurred in the Troop B, Macon, area; four occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area; one each occurred in the Troop D, Springfield, area, Troop G, Willow Springs, area, and Troop I, Rolla, area.
Sheriff investigates death
The Jasper County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a man under mysterious circumstances at a convenience store in Airport Drive.
Ryne Shae Millsap, 24, Springfield, died at a hospital after officers found him screaming and locked in a bathroom at the Fastrip convenience store on North Main Street Road just south of Stone's Corner.
Sheriff Randee Kaiser said at 11:37 p.m. on Friday, deputies were called to the store and made contact with the man.
Kaiser said during the investigation, the man apparently went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness. He was taken to a local hospital where he later was declared dead.
Page 2 of 2 - An autopsy was scheduled for Monday in Springfield.
Square break in
Carthage police said they are investigating a burglary at a business on the Carthage Square sometime over the holiday weekend.
Police said George Cordell, owner of the building housing World Finance Abbey Title, on the south side of the Square, called police at 4:33 a.m. on Sunday to report that an interior door of that business had been broken.
Cordell told police he had been out walking when he noticed the broken door.
No word from police on what was taken.