Three people die on Missouri roads over holiday period

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol says three people died in traffic crashes over the long holiday weekend.

The death toll is one more than last year, but according to the patrol, the number of crashes it investigated declined sharply over the counting period that began Friday night at 6 pm and ended Monday at 11:59 pm.

The patrol investigated 213 crashes during the counting period. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 487 traffic crashes over the holiday period.

One of the fatalities occurred when a vehicle struck a man walking along a Springfield street Friday night. Springfield police say 58 year old Kenneth W. Williams was walking westbound on High Street in the city when he was struck. He died later at Cox South Hospital. The driver of the car was not injured.

Two of the fatalities occurred on Christmas Day. 41 year old Nancy Feldmeier of Lebanon died when she lost control of her vehicle which ran off the road and struck an embankment. The crash occurred on Highway 133 in Pulaski County near Richland.

Donna Miller, 59 years old,  of Camdenton died when her car crossed the center line of Highway 7 in Camden County and struck another vehicle head on. The crash occurred north of Fiery Fork. Miller was not wearing a seat belt. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were wearing seat belts and hospitalized with serious injuries.

The Highway Patrol says Missouri is having one of its safest years on the roads since 1949. A spokesman for the patrol said last week he expects fewer than 800 people to die on Missouri roads this calendar year.