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   No charges will be filed against a semi driver who struck and killed a man along Interstate 270 early Tuesday morning.  Police say the driver stopped immediately and cooperated with authorities.  
I   nvestigators say the truck driver couldn't have avoided hitting the man.  The victim had been walking across the westbound lanes of 270 in Florissant about 2:30 a.m. when he was hit.  
   The victim's name has not been released.   Police say they aren't sure why the man was walking on the interstate.
   The accident shut down all westbound lanes for several hours. All but one lane had reopened by 7 a.m.
 
   
 
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   WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — The SUV driver accused of causing a car to crash into a Florida day care, killing a 4 year old girl and injuring 14 others, most of them children, surrendered to authorities Thursday.
   The Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted that Robert Alex Corchado was in custody at the jail. Corchado's attorney, Jack Kaleita, confirmed it, but refused to comment further.
   The surrender came a day after police say Corchado, 28, crashed his Dodge Durango into a convertible, which in turn smashed into the KinderCare building. Authorities — and the mother of the little girl who was killed — pleaded for the suspect to give up, even as they blanketed the state searching for him.
   Authorities did not immediately announce charges against Corchado, but he already has a long criminal history. Nicole Quintus, whose daughter Lily Quintus was killed, said he was responsible for heartbreak.
   "Families are emotionally destroyed because of what he did," she said in an interview with The Associated Press.
   The mother softly sobbed as she spoke of her daughter. She said Lily loved princesses, "Star Wars," the TV series "Doctor Who" and ranch dressing on seemingly everything she ate — even pizza and hot dogs. Lily was sitting at a table waiting for her afternoon snack when the car crashed into the building, and Nicole Quintus said a teacher called her soon after, screaming but unable to say what happened.
   "One minute everything was normal and the next there was an explosion and smoke and screams," she said.
   The girl's 7 year old brother is an aspiring engineer who wants to design a time machine to bring Lily back, the mother added.
   "She was beautiful and passionate and innocent," the mother said, "and she deserved so much more."
   Lily was on the minds of those who turned up at the day care, where the gaping hole was boarded up with plywood and a cluster of stuffed animals, flowers and candles were left in memoriam.
   Ralph Velez, 48, left a stuffed bear from his 5 year old son Xavier, who goes to the day care but was unhurt. The bear was a gift from a few Christmases ago, and Xavier — who can't stop talking about the crash — wanted to give it to honor his friends, Velez said.
   "He'll say, 'stupid car,' or 'stupid driver,'" Velez said. "He told us last night that he remembers the driver, who wasn't hurt, getting out and saying, 'What did I do? What did I do?'"
   Local television footage showed small children and infants in cribs being taken outside to the day care's playground Wednesday. Several of those injured were carried out on stretchers. Parents were later seen waiting to pick up their children, then clutching them in their arms as authorities escorted them to their vehicles.
   Corchado has been arrested eight times since 2000.
   Department of Corrections records show he served prison time for trafficking cocaine and extortion. He most recently was arrested in December on a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, a felony charge of selling narcotics, and felony marijuana possession. He was released on more than $10,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was due back in court in May.
   A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Corchado hung up. Florida Highway Patrol Maj. Cindy Williams said Corchado was linked with the Latin Kings gang and could have been aided by other members.
   Ten people remain hospitalized from the crash, including one child who remains in critical condition and two others who are listed in serious condition, according to the patrol.
   The day care's website says the center provides childcare for children up to 12 years old and has been in the community for more than 25 years.
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   A teenager from St. Genevieve is dead and two others are injured after an accident Sunday night in South St. Louis County.  The crash happened just after 7:00 p.m. on southbound I-55 just north of Highway 61.  

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that 17 year old Danielle Pfaff was killed when the Pontiac Grand Am she was driving left the highway and struck a tree.  Pfaff was pronounced dead at the scene.  

   A 16 year old girl was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Creve Couer with serious injuries.  A 15 year old girl was taken by ambulance to Mercy Jefferson Hospital with moderate injuries.  

   It's not clear what caused Pfaff to lose control of her car. 

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   A Winfield man is dead after a crossover accident on Highway 79 Wednesday afternoon.  

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that 30 year old Samantha Russo lost control of her northbound car,  sideswiped another northbound car and then cross into oncoming traffic.  Russo's car struck a pickup truck head-on.  

   The pickup driver, 48 year old Dennis Stevens was killed.  Russo was taken to Mercy Hospital in serious condition.  The other northbound driver wasn't hurt.  

   The accident shut down Highway 79 for most of the afternoon.

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   IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Highway Patrol says two drivers were killed in a head-on crash when one of them drove north in the southbound lanes of a highway south of St. Louis.
   The crash happened shortly after noon Tuesday on Missouri Hwy. 21 in Jefferson County.
   Investigators said 82 year old Mary E. Burke, of St. Louis, mistakenly entered the southbound lanes. Her car eventually collided with a pickup truck driven by 25 year old James R. Sybert, of De Soto. Burke was pronounced dead at the scene, and Sybert died at a hospital.
   Police said Burke may have driven as far as four miles in the wrong direction.
 
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   Traffic is reportedly moving again along eastbound Interstate 64 near Mascoutah.  Illinois State Police shut down the highway about 6:30 p.m. after a three-vehicle crash near Illinois Route 4.  

   St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Curtis Schildknecht tells the Belleville News-Democrat that one person was killed in the rollover accident.   The name of the victim hasn't been released pending notification of family members.  

   Eastbound 64 drivers spent as much as three hours stuck on the highway before cars were turned around and guided off the interstate at Illinois Route 158.  

   Accident reconstruction crews completed their on-site investigation and one lane of the interstate was reopened to traffic by 11 p.m.  

   It's not clear what caused the accident.

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   AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police say two people have died after a car drove through temporary barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians.
   Lt. Brian Moon says the two victims were confirmed dead at the scene in downtown Austin, along a block where several clubs are located. Moon says 21 others were transported to various hospitals, most with minor injuries. He says five to seven had more serious injuries.
   The fatal crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
   Police say the driver has been taken into custody.
 
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:29

2 killed, 2 hurt by avalanche in eastern Oregon

   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others Tuesday, officials said.
   Low clouds and poor visibility grounded a rescue effort for the injured skiers late Tuesday night, Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said. Two medics were with the man and woman.
   Four unhurt skiers from the party of eight were being brought out by snowcat, a large tracked vehicle that can maneuver on snow. Thompson said the four were being taken to the small town of Halfway, about 10 miles from the avalanche site.
   The snowcat was unable to reach the injured skiers because of the incline of the slope they were on, the undersheriff said. The injured woman suffered two broken legs and a shoulder injury while the man had a broken thigh bone, Thompson said.
   Two National Guard helicopters, one each from Oregon and Idaho, planned to overnight at the Baker City airport and hoped to resume rescue efforts at first light Wednesday, Thompson said. Ground rescue crews were also working to get closer to the site.
   Most of the skiers were from the Seattle area. Officials weren't releasing names until relatives could be notified.
   The avalanche hit at about noon Tuesday as the eight skied in the remote and mountainous area near Cornucopia, Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick said in a statement.
   Connelly Brown, the owner of Wallowa Alpine Huts, said the skiers were part of a backcountry skiing group organized by his Joseph-based company. The group included two guides and six skiers.
   Brown said a guide contacted him by cellphone after the avalanche hit, reporting two possible fatalities and two skiers with broken legs. The skiers were on a guided five-day, four-night trip, he said.
   The avalanche came down on the third day of the trip, Brown said. Later that night, as on previous nights, the group planned to sleep at the Schneider Cabin, a historic miners' log cabin on the south side of Cornucopia Peak.
   Brown said the clients and the guides are all "fit, proficient downhill skiers." The guides were certified by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education and trained by the American Mountain Guide Association, he said.
   "From the description, it sounded like they were traveling and the avalanche came from above and caught them by surprise," Brown said.
   The avalanche occurred in the southern part of the Wallowa Mountains, near the Idaho border. The Wallowas are known as the "Alps of Oregon." With their rocky peaks and deep ravines, the mountains are popular with backcountry skiers, hikers and horseback riders.
   A bulletin from the Wallowa Avalanche Center on Thursday warned that "new snow is not bonding well to the old surface." The bulletin mentioned a recent report from the southern Wallowas of a skier triggering a small avalanche in which no one was caught.
   The deaths mean at least 12 people have died in avalanches nationally this season, including six since Sunday. Kevin Kuybus, 46, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was found dead Tuesday after an avalanche outside a Colorado ski area. Another avalanche near Kebler Pass, Colo., killed a snowmobiler Monday, and two people died in slides in Utah over the weekend.
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Monday, 20 January 2014 12:45

Troopers searching for hit-and-run driver

Missouri State Highway Patrol is leading the search for the driver involved in a fatal hit and run.

 

Troopers say a Maroon Ford Ranger truck hit an 80-year-old man who was walking along Highway B near Hillsboro, Missouri. The victim died from his injuries. The truck is described as a late 1990s Ford Ranger truck with tinted windows and black wheels with a possible extended cab and damage on the passenger side.

 

Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 636-300-2800.

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Friday, 27 December 2013 01:19

Thursday crash kills DirecTV serviceman

   Police are yet not sure what led to a crash on Interstate 170 that killed a DirecTV serviceman Thursday.  

   The crash happened on northbound 170 near Page Boulevard just before noon.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says a DirecTV service van rear-ended a semi trailer.  

   Overland Police say the van's driver 35 year old Anthony Graciani of St. Louis was extricated from the wreck and taken to a hospital where he later died.  No one else was injured.  

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