Accidents kill one, injure several

A Eugene woman was killed and her passenger injured in a one-car accident early Saturday in Miller County.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Erica L. Ekstam, 30, Eugene, lost control of her eastbound 2007 Toyota Yaris on U.S. 54 at the Route MM intersection.

The vehicle first went off the right side of the highway, then — when Ekstam overcorrected — ran off the left side of the road and into the median, hitting a ditch and overturning.

Officers said Ekstam wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected.

She was flown by helicopter to Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, where she was pronounced dead at 3:22 a.m., about 90 minutes after the 1:50 a.m. accident.

Her passenger, Sara L. Blakley, 33, Eugene, was treated and released from Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. Investigators said she wasn’t using a seat belt either.

In a separate incident, three people were taken to Lake Regional Hospital on Saturday morning, after a 3:20 a.m. accident on Missouri 42, two miles east of the Hawken Cemetery Road, east of Brumley.

Troopers said Jesse B. Pierce, 19, Crocker, failed to negotiate a turn, causing his 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse to go off the right side of the highway and hit a culvert.

Pierce was not using a seat belt and received what the patrol called moderate injuries.

A passenger, Dominic A. Sander, 17, Crocker, also wasn’t using a seat belt and suffered serious injuries.

Another passenger, Katelin M. Pierce, 18, Camdenton, was using a seat belt and received only minor injuries.

All three were taken to Lake Regional — no condition reports were available Saturday.

A New Bloomfield man was treated and released Saturday afternoon from St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, after he had to be cut out of his 2006 Chevrolet 1500 following a two-vehicle accident late Saturday morning.

Jefferson City Police reported Timothy Anderson, 50, New Bloomfield, was westbound in the 1600 block of U.S. 54 East in Callaway County, when he was hit from behind by a 1993 Cadillac driven by Glenn Smithson, 36, Jefferson City.

Police said Smithson “was traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic” when his car rear-ended Anderson’s truck, causing it to skid off the right side of the road and roll over several times.

Police said both men were using seat belts, and only Anderson was hurt.

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