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Family of woman thrown from truck near St. Joe sues for wrongful death

On Jan. 21, a 46-year-old Missouri woman was found by passing motorists lying on the side of Interstate 29 near St. Joseph. She was seriously injured. She subsequently died from her injuries at a hospital.

Missouri lawmakers keep pushing for more comprehensive texting ban

Currently, Missouri law bans texting and driving for motorists 21 years of age and under. However, attempts to expand that law have continually been met with resistance in the state legislature, even though there are now some 37 states across the country that have completely banned texting while driving. At the local level, five Missouri cities have prohibited their use, though the statewide law continues to apply only to those 21 and under. This controversy rages notwithstanding the fact that a 2010 truck accident on Interstate 44 in Franklin County became the focal point of a nationwide effort to ban cellphone use while operating a motor vehicle.

St. Joe man mistaken for turkey, shot in the head

Being mistaken for a turkey is no laughing matter. But that is exactly what happened in a Missouri hunting accident in Andrew County on April 29. A 39-year-old man was returning to his fellow hunter and their car at Honey Creek Conservation when he was shot in the head by someone who thought he was a turkey. While the nature and extent of the head injury was not clear from initial reports, he was rushed by ambulance to the Heartland Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to another hospital.

Worker killed in St. Louis County construction zone crash

Missouri motorists have a special duty to slow down and take care when driving in construction zones. That duty may be a factor in the police investigation of a fatal car accident in an I-270 construction zone in St. Louis County on April 20. The state highway patrol says that the collision occurred early in the morning near Dougherty Ferry Road when a worker's water truck was struck by a car. Tragically, the 37-year-old worker, a resident of Pevely, died.

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