Five from area injured in weekend highway accidents

Monday, November 5, 2001

A trio of motor vehicle crashes in Saline County over the weekend injured a total of five people.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the first crash occurred at 2:20 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 70 at the 82.5 mile marker. Tina Arnds, 21, was driving westbound on the interstate when she fell asleep, according to the posted report. He 1987 Lincoln then traveled off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and striking a culvert.

Arnds suffered minor injuries in the crash and chose to seek her own treatment. A passenger in her vehicle, Anthony L. Achoa, 22, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment. Neither person, both with Missouri Valley College campus addresses, was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

Arnds was issued a summons for failure to wear a seat belt and careless and imprudent driving.

Samantha Hoeflicker, 24, of Miami, sustained minor injuries Sunday morning when her 1995 Buick struck a cow on Missouri Highway 41 just north of Route C.

According to the Highway Patrol report, Hoeflicker was traveling southbound on Highway 41 at 6:15 a.m. when the crash occurred. She was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital by private vehicle.

No summons was listed for this accident.

The third crash took place at 5:15 p.m. Sunday on County Road 306 just west of U.S. Highway 65.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Donald J. Lawrence, 48, of Marshall, was driving eastbound on the county road when he crested a hill and lost control of his 1996 Chevrolet. The vehicle went off the roadway and overturned, landing in a creek.

Injured in the crash were two children, 6-year-old Darion M. Lawrence and 4-year-old Evan K. Lawrence. Both children, who were wearing seat belts, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment.

The MSHP report states that Lawrence was arrested for driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. The report also states that authorities are pursuing additional charges of child endangerment and assault.

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