One man died and two more were injured early Sunday morning when they were ejected from a ATV vehicle, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred at 12:06 a.m. Dec. 16 on Paris Branch Road.
According to the report, Ryan Ehlmann, 22, of Troy, was driving a Max IV ATV with two passengers, Bradley Ballman, 26, and Thomas Loeffer, 25, of Troy. The driver lost control with the ATV overturning ejecting all three.
Ballman was pronounced at the scene. According to the statement, Loeffer was seriously injured and was flown by Air Evac Life Team to Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur. Ehlmann suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis.
A Moscow Mills teen suffered minor injuries Dec. 14 in a one-car accident. It occurred on Hwy. MM at 6 a.m.
According to the report, Hattie Kaimann, 16, was driving a 2002 Buick when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. Kaimann overcorrected, causing the vehicle to go off the left side of the roadway and overturned.
She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
In a separate accident, Stephen Bufford, 44, of Winfield, suffered moderate injuries in an accident Dec. 15 on Sand Run Road south of South Main St. near Troy. He was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide when he lost control of it. The Harley went off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned, ejecting Bufford and an unnamed passenger. He was using a safety device.
Bufford was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital.
Two teens were injured in one-car crash Dec. 19 on Hwy. 47 west of Giles Road. Time of the accident was 9:10 a.m.
According to the report, 1999 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Torri Ellis, 18, of Winfield, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway with the vehicle striking a ditch, The car overturned, ejecting Ellis.
Ellis and her passenger, Elizabeth Lee, 18, also of Winfield, were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital West. Their injuries were listed as moderate. Ellis was not using a seat belt but Lee did.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. If the weather is bad, allow extra time for traveling or be flexible with your plans. Staying home might be the best option.
If you do plan to drive to a New Year’s gathering, remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. If your plans include alcohol, plan for alternative transportation. The roadway is no place for a driver who has been drinking. If you cause a traffic crash, your new year might bring getting arrested, legal fees, medical bills, or jail time! If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay a price for the rest of your life. No one wants to begin 2013 in jail. Be smart! Designate a sober driver or take a taxi.
During the New Year’s traffic crash counting period from 6 p.m.,
Friday, December 28, 2012 to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2013, all available officers will be on the roadways. Last year, 777 traffic crashes occurred in Missouri over the New Year’s holiday weekend. In those crashes six people were killed and 311 were injured. One person was killed or injured every 14.8 minutes.
“The members and employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wish each of you a safe 2013,” said Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Patrol.
Of course, no matter how safely you drive, you can’t control other drivers. Therefore, the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!