Three-vehicle Sunday crash injures two drivers

Darrell Todd Maurina

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Aug. 1, 2022) -- The I-44 construction zone east of St. Robert claimed three more cars Sunday evening, with a wreck near the Highway 28 exit sending two of the three drivers to Phelps Health in Rolla with moderate injuries.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Anavel Gutierrez, 59, of Pharr, Texas, and Noah M. Canu, 24, of Berkley, were stopped in traffic on eastbound I-44 at mile marker 163 due to construction ahead at 6:08 p.m. when a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Judy A. Bingham, 77, of Elyria, Ohio, struck the rear of Gutierrez's 2022 Chevrolet Colorado, causing it to strike the rear of Canu's 2017 Toyota Corolla, totaling the PT Cruiser and extensively damaging the Colorado.
Bingham's vehicle was removed by Jacks Wrecker and Recovery; Gutierrez's vehicle was removed by Anybody Towing. Canu's vehicle sustained only moderate damage and was able to be driven from the scene. Canu was not hurt in the crash; the other two drivers were transported by an unspecified ambulance service.

All drivers had been wearing their seatbelts, troopers reported.

In an unrelated recent incident, troopers reported the following arrest:

* Randee M. Ward, 20, of Waynesville, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain the right half of the roadway and not having a valid license. She was transported to the Waynesville Police Department and released.