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Patrol Reports Two Traffic Fatalities Over Christmas Holiday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people died during the
Christmas holiday counting period–from 6 p.m., Friday, December 21, to
11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2012.
The Patrol investigated 239 traffic crashes, which included two fatalities
and 91 injuries. Troopers arrested 130 people over the Christmas holiday
weekend for driving while intoxicated.

During last year’s counting period five people died in traffic crashes.
The Patrol investigated 213 traffic crashes, with 67 injuries. Troopers
arrested 56 people over the 2011 Christmas holiday weekend for driving
while intoxicated.

Troopers investigated both fatalities, which occurred in the Troop D,
Springfield area.

One fatality occurred on December 22, 2012. Brandy M. Acheson, 38, of
Sarcoxie, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving crossed the center of
the roadway and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Lawrence County Coroner
Scott Lakin pronounced Acheson dead at the scene; Acheson was wearing a
seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred in Lawrence County
on Missouri Highway 39 south of Mt. Vernon, MO. The driver of the other
vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash; he was wearing a seat
belt.

One fatality occurred on December 23, 2012. William D. Pope, 36, of
Springfield, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving traveled off the
north side of the roadway, struck a fence and a tree, then came to rest.
Medical Examiner David Brown pronounced Pope dead at the scene. Pope was
not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred in
Greene County on Farm Road 106 north of Springfield.

Note: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late
deaths occur, or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after
this news release was sent out.

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