Last Monday afternoon, two Dittmer, Missouri women died when they were thrown from their car incident near Highway 141 and Gravois. It happened around 6 p.m.
Missouri State Highway Patrol reported the driver as Nancy Callway, 64 dead instantly, and Lindsay Matney, 42, passed away from her injuries at the hospital.
Cpl. Dallas Thompson of the highway patrol said, “For some unknown reason at this point, the vehicle went off the right side of the road.” He explained that after leaving the road, the car flipped over and both individuals were ejected.”
Officials confirmed neither victim was wearing a seatbelt.
- No seatbelts: Both victims were thrown out of the car.
- The accident happened close to Highway 141 and Gravois
- The driver was Nancy Callway, aged 64
- The passenger was Lindsay Matney, aged 42
“We’re all aware seat belts save lives. They keep you safe inside your car during a crash,” Cpl. Thompson remarked. “Getting thrown from a car often means more severe injuries or even death. Staying inside can greatly up your chances of survival.”
In another similar accident On November 29, 2021, a tragic car accident occurred in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident took place on Interstate 270 near West Florissant when three individuals were thrown from their vehicle. Police reports indicate that none of the ejected parties had fastened their seatbelts. The deceased, identified by police as Aliyah Tatum, Dion Martin, and Kenrick Smalling, suffered fatal consequences. Smalling, 24 years old, who was behind the wheel, perished immediately at the scene. The other two victims, Tatum and Martin, both 24, succumbed to their injuries later at a medical facility. Officer Thompson remarked, “We witness tragedies like these frequently. In Missouri alone, there have been over 900 fatalities on our roads. Unfortunately, around 65% to 70% involve people not wearing seat belts.” – Three lives were lost in Ferguson mishap due to neglecting seat belts – Victims named: Aliyah Tatum, Dion Martin, Kenrick Smalling – Smalling failed to control the vehicle Friends mourned the victims online. They recalled Martin and Smalling’s dedication to their professions in real estate and construction. Thailond Thomas, a companion, shared, “Dion had ventured into real estate while Kenrick was in the construction sector…They were incredibly close and always traveled together.” Thomas stressed the significance of seat belt use: “I urge everyone driving without a seat belt to double think it. Accidents can occur in an instant.” ## Increasing Concerns About Road Safety in Missouri ## Each year in Jefferson County, accidents are a leading source of property damage, personal injury, and death. Despite advancements in vehicle safety and road designs, accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration point out that these incidents still pose a serious threat to public safety. – Jefferson County frequently deals with accidents involving cars, trucks, bikes, pedestrians, and motorcycles – Road safety improvements demand more attention Over the past five years, distracted driving has now a big problem. It pulls drivers’ focus away from what they should be doing and is causing more crashes, especially because people use their phones while driving.
- Distracted driving is a top reason for crashes.
- Using phones behind the wheel is highly risky.
Missouri Traffic Deaths Hit Worrisome Highs
MoDOT has noted that over 1,000 individuals died in Missouri road accidents in 2021. This number is the highest it’s been in 15 years, with deaths increasing for the second year running.
- More than 1,000 deaths in Missouri road incidents in 2021.
- The importance of seat belt use and staying focused is stressed.
Colonel Eric Olson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has asked drivers to make safety a priority. He emphasized that following traffic rules, wearing seat belts, and paying attention are key to preventing more deaths.
“Every driver on Missouri’s roads plays a crucial part in cutting down fatalities,” Colonel Olson said. “The public can support us in preventing deaths by focusing on driving properly, respecting all traffic laws, and buckling up.”
While officials look into the recent accidents, the local community grieves for those who passed and thinks about how vital it is to drive safely.