The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 12 traffic fatalities and three drownings over the July Fourth holiday counting period.

The counting period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 7. 

According to a news release, troopers worked 376 traffic crashes, which included 139 injuries and nine of the 12 fatalities. Troopers also made 160 DWI arrests and 110 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

Troopers worked 11 boating crashes, which included five injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers made 12 BWI arrests and 28 drug arrests. There were three drownings. 

MSHP investigated nine fatal traffic crashes during the 2019 counting period. The Belton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department each investigated one fatality. 

There were no fatalities July 3 or July 4. Two people died in traffic crashes July 5, six people died July 6 and four people died July 7. 

Three people drowned over the holiday weekend. On July 5, Rebecca L. Feese, 33, of Warsaw, drowned when she attempted to wade across a low water crossing and was swept downstream. The incident occurred in Benton County on Balke Road at Truman Lake. It is unknown whether Feese was wearing a life jacket. Dr. Daron Olmstead pronounced Feese dead at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

On July 7, David W. Crouse, 57, of Stover, drowned when he attempted to retrieve a vessel adrift by swimming. The incident occurred in Morgan County at the 56-mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks. Crouse was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

During the 30-hour counting period in 2018, four people were killed and 220 injured statewide in Missouri in 437 traffic crashes. Over the 2018 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 40 people for driving while intoxicated.

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