Cole C Smith of Amazonia, Missouri was injured on Wednesday, January 10th 2018 at 11:16 am in Andrew County, Missouri. Smith is a 12-year-old boy.
The crash happened here: US 59 3 miles west of Savannah, Missouri.
In the crash, Smith was a passenger. The police described the crash like this:
FATALITY ACCIDENT REPORT – OCCURRED AS VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY KENDELL DELP] WAS WESTBOUND AND VEHICLE 2 [THE 1997 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY LANDON SMITH] WAS EASTBOUND ON US 59. VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY KENDELL DELP] CROSSED THE CENTERLINE AND WENT OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD. VEHICLE 2 [THE 1997 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY LANDON SMITH] WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY KENDELL DELP]. THE FRONT OF VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY KENDELL DELP] STRUCK THE FRONT OF VEHICLE 2 [THE 1997 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP DRIVEN BY LANDON SMITH] HEAD-ON. BOTH VEHICLES CAME TO REST OFF THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROADWAY ON THEIR WHEELS AT THE AREA OF IMPACT. BOTH FATALITIES WERE PRONOUNCED AT THE SCENE AT 1135 AM BY ANDREW CO CORONER DOUG JOHNSON. NEXT OF KIN HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. ASSISTED BY SGT G N HOWARD (619), CPL D E SIGMAN (585), TPR J D MAUDLIN (805), TPR R T CARTER (324); WITH SGT G D WARD (1189) AND SGT H A SEARS (1200) OF THE MAJOR CRASH INVESTIGATIVE UNIT; AND ANDREW COUNTY SO
Smith's injuries were serious. Smith was taken by Air Ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City Missouri.
The police said the damage to the 1999 Dodge Dakota Pickup driven by Kendell Delp was total. It was removed by Ricks Tow of Savannah. The damage to the 1997 Dodge Dakota Pickup driven by Landon Smith was total. It was also removed by Ricks Tow of Savannah.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Trooper K F Jeffers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180017964 to this crash. The highway patrol charges $5.75 for each certified report (certification required for court). But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. The highway patrol is currently backlogged and they state on their website that you will have to wait 10 days and may have to wait an "extended period of time" beyond that for the report. Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted or blacked out.
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Smith may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, injured people can recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, and for their pain and suffering—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Smith to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claim, which will help with the recovery. For more information watch How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of the Little Guy.
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