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Highway Patrol reports Memorial Day Weekend statistics


Seven people died in traffic crashes over the 2024 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 27

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated 275 crashes with 161 injuries and seven fatalities and 128 driving while intoxicated arrests. Marine operations troopers investigated seven boating crashes with seven injuries and six boating while intoxicated arrests.

During the 2023 counting period, the Patrol investigated 287 traffic crashes, which included 117 injuries and 12 of the 13 fatalities. Also, over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday, marine operations troopers investigated 10 boating crashes, which included two injuries. Troopers made 137 driving while intoxicated arrests and eight boating while intoxicated arrests. Statewide over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 13 people died and 403 were injured in 990 traffic crashes.

In 2024, troopers investigated all seven traffic crash fatalities. Three fatalities occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring area and one fatality occurred in each of the following areas: Troop A, Lee’s Summit, Troop B, Macon, Troop E, Poplar Bluff, and Troop I, Rolla.

One person died within the counting period on Friday, May 24, two fatalities occurred on Sunday, May 26, and four people died in traffic crashes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. There were no fatalities on Saturday, May 25.

William F. Gorman, 89, of Independence, died when the motortricycle he was operating was struck as he attempted to cross U.S. Highway 65 on May 27. The crash occurred in Benton County on U.S. Highway 65 at Balke Road. Gorman was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Dr. Joshua Stilley pronounced Gorman deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seat belt; she was not injured in the crash.

Release courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.