The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that there were seven fatalities during the New Year’s holiday counting period, including a Sullivan man who was killed Sunday, Dec. 31.
Cole Watson, 20, Sullivan, died when he was ejected from the vehicle he was driving that went off the roadway. The crash occurred on Vine Street in the city of Sullivan. Watson was pronounced deceased at Missouri Baptist Hospital. Watson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The Sullivan Police Department investigated the crash.
The counting period run from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1.
Troopers investigated 229 traffic crashes, which included 77 injuries and five of the seven fatalities. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department also investigated one traffic crash fatality.
In addition, troopers made 129 arrests for driving while intoxicated and 49 drug arrests during the counting period. There were no boating crashes or drownings during the holiday weekend.
Last year over the New Year’s holiday, Missouri law enforcement agencies reported 539 traffic crashes, which injured 302 people. There were eight fatalities. In addition, troopers made 103 arrests for driving while intoxicated and 67 drug arrests. There were no boating incidents or drownings during the 2017 New Year’s holiday counting period.
Three traffic crash fatalities occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring area, two traffic crash fatalities occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff area, and one traffic crash fatality occurred in each of the Troop G, Willow Spring area and the Troop H, St. Joseph area.
There were no traffic crash fatalities during the counting period Friday, Dec. 29. Three people died in traffic crashes on Saturday, Dec. 30; two people died as a result of traffic crashes on Sunday, Dec. 31; and two people died as a result of traffic crashes on New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1.
The fatality statistics could change if late deaths occur, or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after this news release is distributed.