6 killed in Memorial Day weekend vehicle accidents
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday six people died in Memorial Day traffic crashes.
Troopers said that number is down three from 2014, when nine people died. MSHP also said there were 98 injuries in crashes it investigated.
Authorities said they arrested 105 people for driving while intoxicated. That number is down from 149 in 2014. The number of people arrested for boating while intoxicated was also down over Memorial Day Weekend 2015. Troopers arrested 15 people for that charge, while 20 were arrested in 2014.
MSHP said three people died Saturday, one died Sunday and two died Monday. At least one of the dead was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Those who died in Memorial Day weekend crashes included George D. Jenkins, 49, of Fredericktown, Teddie R. Marrs, 75, of Pineville, Albert J. Begley, 30, of Advance, Levi F. Wheeler, 30, of Villa Ridge, Vicki L. Paulus, 58, of Republic and William R. Rogers, 92, of Fulton, who was a World War II veteran and a pastor at a Fulton church.
Captain Michael Turner, commanding officer with MSHP Troop F said, "Please be careful when behind the wheel and always be a courteous driver."
MSHP said approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal traffic crash victims who are required to be restrained are not when the crash occurs.
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