MSHP Reports Eight Traffic Fatalities Over Christmas Holiday Weekend; No Drownings Or Boating Fatalities

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provides the following preliminary statistics related to the Christmas holiday weekend:

Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2021.

2021 Christmas Holiday Traffic Statistics

Troopers investigated the following:

Traffic Crashes — 310
Traffic Crash Injuries — 92
Traffic Crash Fatalities — 4
DWI — 67

[Note: Last year during the 78-hour Christmas counting period, there were 746 traffic crashes statewide. In those crashes, 10 people were killed and another 10 were injured. During the 2020 Christmas holiday, troopers investigated 307 traffic crashes which included all 10 fatalities and 86 injuries. Troopers arrested 62 people for driving while impaired in 2020.]

There were no boating crashes or drownings over the 2021 Christmas holiday counting period.

Of the four fatality traffic crashes investigated by troopers, two occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area, and two occurred in the Troop F, Jefferson City, MO, area. The remaining four fatalities were investigated by Kansas City Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Overland (MO) Police Department, and Wentzville (MO) Police Department.

There were no traffic fatalities on Thursday, December 23, 2021, during the holiday counting period.

There were five traffic fatalities on Friday, December 24, 2021. Zachary M. Sutton, 32, of De Soto, MO, died when the vehicle he was operating crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck head-on. Sutton was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 28 one mile west of Missouri Route A in Osage County. Osage County Coroner A.J. Probst pronounced Sutton deceased at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt.

Kenneth H. Mustain, 57, of Camdenton, MO, died when the ATV he was operating traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Mustain was ejected from the ATV. The crash occurred on Greenview Drive near Hermit Holler in Camden County. Dr. Barnes pronounced Mustain deceased at University of Missouri Hospital. Camden County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Cesar Estrada-Lopez, 18, of Bridgeton, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck the rear of a vehicle and he was ejected onto the highway. A third vehicle swerved to avoid striking the motorcycle and struck Estrada-Lopez. Estrada-Lopez was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Interstate 70 west of North Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County. Dr. Schwartz pronounced Estrada-Lopez deceased at SSM Health DePaul Hospital. Neither of the other two drivers involved in the crash were injured. They were both wearing a seat belt.

Zachary M. Ward, 28, of Kansas City, MO, died when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving while taking an exit. The vehicle struck a guardrail, went off the roadway, traveled down an embankment, and overturned multiple times. Ward was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. The crash occurred at the exit for Shoal Creek Parkway on U.S. Highway 169 in Clay County. Officers with the Kansas City Police Department handled the investigation.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in the vicinity of West Florissant and Thrush Avenue in St. Louis, MO. Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

There were two traffic fatalities on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021.

A pedestrian was struck and killed at Midland Boulevard and Woodson Road in St. Louis County. Officers with the Overland Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

A fatal crash involving a motorcycle occurred on David Hoekel Parkway over Interstate 70 in St. Charles County. Officers from the Wentzville Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

There was one traffic fatality on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Amy L. Veit, 37, of Lonedell, MO, died when her vehicle traveled partially off the right side of the roadway and she overcorrected. Her vehicle began skidding, traveled across the center of the roadway and rotated counter clockwise striking the front of another vehicle. Veit was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Route H east of Dry Creek Road in Jefferson County. Valle Ambulance District personnel pronounced Veit deceased at the scene. The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle sustained minor injuries. They were wearing their seat belts.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back.”

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Debbie Kisner RETIRES After 50 Years of Service with Bates County Memorial Hospital

After 50 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Debbie Kisner, LPN, was honored with a retirement party on December 22, 2021.

Debbie began her employment with BCMH during her senior year in high school in 1971 in the laboratory department. At that time, a new program offered part time on-the-job training while finishing school. Debbie continued working part time at the hospital until she went to college, and while completing her nursing program to become a licensed practical nurse.

Upon graduation, she became a charge nurse. She recalls the census in those days could easily reach 40-50 patients, and at times the hospital reached full capacity and put patients in the hallway on a stretcher until another patient was discharged. Debbie also worked the obstetrician unit (OB) and was the first to see the first set of twins born at BCMH.

In 1988, she transferred to the surgery department and worked there until her retirement.  Debbie saw the surgery department undergo remodeling and expansion over the years, and the addition of same-day surgery around 1989. She remembers the first gall bladder removal surgery performed at BCMH. She felt privileged to work with many talented specialists and surgeons, and notes that her coworkers have become her best friends. Debbie stated, “This facility is my second home, and I am extremely blessed to have been part of its amazing history. I have met some of the most wonderful patients and coworkers, that have left an amazing impact on my life and my heart … BCMH has been a wonderful place for me to work and to expand my wings and to learn and to grow, not only in the medical field but also in learning about determination, dedication, sacrifice, and something that is bigger than myself. The administration at BCMH throughout these 50 years have always treated me with respect, care, and fairness. I will always be thankful for my time here.”

Debbie was honored at her retirement party with a beautiful clock, presented by Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer.

Angie Manning RETIRES After 15 Years of Service with Bates County Memorial Hospital

After 15 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Angie Manning, CPHT, was honored with a retirement party on December 23, 2021.

Angie began her employment with BCMH in July of 2006 as a pharmacy tech and remained in the pharmacy department until her retirement. With her dependable work ethic and attention to detail, Angie has been a tremendous asset to the hospital.

Angie and her husband John reside in Butler. They have four children and five grandchildren. Angie’s plans for retirement include dedicating more time to ministry with husband, and travel.  

Angie was honored at her retirement party with a beautiful clock, presented by Greg Weaver, Chief Executive Officer.