MISSOURI – Eleven people died in crashes on Missouri highways and one person drowned over Memorial Day weekend, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Eleven people died in eleven crashes between Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30. The victims ranged from 26 to 72 years old. Some of the crashes happened in counties just outside the St. Louis region, including St. Francois and Franklin counties.
In MSHP Troop C, which covers several counties in the St. Louis region, troopers also report 26 DWIs, nine drug arrests, and 80 injury crashes.
On the water, the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to one drowning and a capsizing incident at the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend. Troopers say Matthew Frazier, 40, of Neosho, drowned in the Elk River in McDonald County.
Frazier was said to have been retrieving a boat paddle until he was swept downstream. Exhausted after fighting the current, Frazier drowned just before 6:30. He was about half a mile south of Ginger Blue in McDonald County when he died. The McDonald County Assistant Coroner pronounced Frazier dead just after 10 the same day.
At the Lake of the Ozarks, two teens and an adult were hurt when a boat capsized. Investigators say all three were on a boat traveling two fast for the conditions, then the boat capsized. Two of the three victims were sent to the hospital for treatment.
A total of 49 crashes were investigated by MSHP over the weekend, with 15 of those involved injured, and two killed. Seventeen DWI arrests and nine drug arrests were also made in this period.