Dec. 24 Crash Reports


Three injured in Pettis crash

Three people sustained injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Pettis County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Jackie D. Gresham, 32, of Sedalia, was driving south on Georgetown Road and Ryan J. Foster, 30, of Smithton, was driving south on U.S. Highway 65. Gresham’s vehicle then struck Foster’s vehicle.

Gresham was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center with serious injuries. Her passenger, Joshua J. Gresham, 30, of Sedalia, sustained minor injuries but said he would seek his own treatment later.

Foster and a passenger in his vehicle, Marissa N. Foster, 8, of Smithton, were taken by private vehicle to Bothwell with minor injuries.

Reports indicate Jackie, Ryan and Marissa were wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, but Joshua was not.

Deer causes Johnson accident

A Knob Noster man sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday in Johnson County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Taylor W. Carpenter, 22, was driving east on East Division Road, west of state Route 13, when he swerved to avoid striking a deer. This caused his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road, where it struck a utility pole.

Carpenter, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by Johnson County Ambulance District to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence for his injuries.

Whiteman man injured in crash

A Whiteman Air Force Base man sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in Johnson County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Luis A. Tavera, 20, was driving south on Business 13, just south of Blackwater, when his vehicle crossed the center line and traveled off the west side of the road where it impacted the ground and went airborne.

The vehicle then impacted the ground again and rolled several times before coming to rest on its top.

Tavera, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by Johnson County Ambulance District to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for his injuries.

Smithton man injured in Sedalia crash

A Smithton man was injured in a three-vehicle accident at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of South Limit Avenue and West 14th Street.

According to a Sedalia Police Department report, Howard Skeel, 52, of Smithton, was driving his motorcycle south on Limit Avenue when the vehicle in front of him began stopping. He attempted to move to the other lane but there was traffic so he accelerated and drove between both lanes of traffic.

After clearing traffic, he noticed another southbound vehicle, driven by Elizabeth A. Nedderman, 53, of the 800 block of Brentwood Avenue, had stopped ahead. Skeel attempted to stop but was unable to do so and struck the rear of Nedderman’s vehicle. Skeel then fell off his motorcycle.

Nedderman’s vehicle then struck the rear of another vehicle, driven by Conrad R. Petty, 50, of Columbia.

Skeel complained of pain in his hip and was taken by ambulance and later by helicopter to a medical facility.

Information is taken from preliminary Missouri State Highway Patrol and Sedalia Police Department reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved.

— Compiled by Nicole Cooke

Sedalia Democrat

— Compiled by Nicole Cooke

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