SAINT ROBERT, Mo. -- A three-vehicle wreck killed one person today at the Missouri Avenue/Highway Z/Route 66 intersection, according to St. Robert police reports. Mineva Simmons Williamson, 70, a passenger, was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH) with what police described as "significant" injuries. She succumbed to her injuries at the hospital and was pronounced dead; next of kin have been notified.
Police reported they were notified of the crash at 11:15 a.m., arriving with St. Robert Fire and Rescue and ambulance personnel and finding that Kennard Jackson, 68, of Dixon, had been driving a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 westbound on Route Z, approaching Missouri Avenue and preparing to turn south. He told police that his vehicle had a mechanical failure and he was unable to stop for the red light. A second vehicle, a 2019 BMW driven by Mia Williamson, 43, of St. Robert, was northbound on Missouri Avenue when Jackson's Dodge Ram entered the intersection and hit Williamson's BMW on the passenger side, injuring the driver and two passengers, Minerva Williamson in the front passenger seat and Mack Calvin Williamson, 72, in the back passenger seat, all of St. Robert.
A third vehicle, a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer driven by David Wilson, 39, of St. Robert, was also northbound on Missouri Avenue next to Williamson's BMW when the crash impact caused the BMW to skid sideways into the Blazer. Both ran off the left side and ended in the median.
Both Mack and Mia Williamson also reported significant injuries and were transported by ambulance, Mack Williamson to GLWACH and Mia Williamson to Phelps Health in Rolla. Jackson reported minor injuries and declined medical treatment; Wilson said he was not injured.
"Mechanical defects, failure to yield, and driving too fast for conditions are probable contributing circumstances of this motor vehicle crash," said Traffic Sgt. Tyson Russell in a prepared statement. "It is a deadly reminder to slow down and be aware of your surroundings."
In the second crash, police received a report about 4:31 p.m. of a two-vehicle crash on Old Route 66 near Collision Masters. Upon arrival, police found that a 2004 Cadillac CTS, driven by a 24-year-old St. Robert woman, had been eastbound when the driver lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a curb, overcorrected and went back across the roadway into the path of a 2022 Subaru Ascent driven by Ernest Cheatham, 51, of Waynesville.
The Cadillac driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Cheatham sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Phelps Health in Rolla. St. Robert firefighters also assisted at the scene.
"Over correction and driving too fast for conditions are probable contributing circumstances of this motor vehicle crash," Russell said in a prepared statement.