Five people died in traffic crashes over the 2013 Memorial Day weekend.
Last year, nine people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the
counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 24 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May
27, 2013, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 274 traffic
crashes which included 119 injuries and the five fatalities. Troopers also
arrested 129 people for driving while intoxicated. During the 2012 Memorial
Day holiday weekend, the Patrol investigated 232 traffic crashes resulting
in 95 injuries and five of the nine fatalities. Last year, 184 people were
arrested by the Patrol for driving while intoxicated.

There was one boating fatality over the 2013 Memorial Day weekend. Troopers
investigated seven boating crashes involving two injuries. There were no
drownings. Troopers also arrested 18 people for boating while intoxicated
over the holiday weekend. During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, officers
investigated 14 boating crashes, which included six injuries, and zero
fatalities. There were no drownings over last year’s Memorial Day weekend.
Twenty-four people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during the
2012 holiday.

Of the five traffic crash fatalities investigated by the Patrol, two
occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area; two occurred in the Troop D,
Springfield, area; and one occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff, area. The
boating fatality occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff, area.

One fatality occurred on Friday, May 24, 2013. Kaitlyn R. Prater, 14, of
Farmington, MO, died after being struck by a vehicle when she was
attempting to cross Missouri Route 32. The crash occurred east of Maple
Valley Drive in St. Francois County. The driver of the vehicle that struck
Prater was not injured; she was wearing a seat belt. Dr. Kelly Hartel
pronounced Prater dead at Parkland Health Center.

Two fatalities occurred on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Buck A. Haynes, 32, of
Bentonville, AR, died after another vehicle struck his motorcycle from
behind. Haynes was stopped in traffic, attempting to make a left turn. The
crash occurred on Missouri Highway 37 north of Washburn, MO, in Barry
County. Dr. Kibrella, of Cox South Hospital, pronounced Haynes dead at the
scene. The driver of the vehicle that struck Haynes' vehicle was not
injured. He was wearing a seat belt.

Alta A. Rader, 93, of Risco, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving
caught fire, traveled off the right side of the roadway, and struck a
fence. The vehicle then became engulfed in flames. The crash occurred in
Pemiscot County on Missouri Highway 162 west of Missouri Highway 61 in
Portageville, MO. Rader was not wearing a seat belt. Pemiscot Coroner
George DeLisle pronounced Rader dead at the scene.

Two fatalities occurred on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Devin J. Scholl, 24, of
Camp Pendleton, CA, died when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving
traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Both Scholl and
his passenger were ejected. The crash occurred in Perry County on Perry
County Road 444 west of Riverview Lane. Dr. Salmon pronounced Scholl dead
at Perry County Memorial Hospital. The passenger sustained serious injuries
and was taken by Arch helicopter to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape
Girardeau, MO.