Karla S Hilke of Warrenton, Missouri was injured on Monday, January 15th 2018 at 7:27 am in St Charles County, Missouri. Hilke is a 41-year-old woman.
The crash happened here: I 70 Wb east of MO W.
In the crash, Hilke was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
FATALITY REPORT – VEHICLE 1 [THE 2011 HONDA CIVIC DRIVEN BY NADEIRA DOLMO RIVERA] WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON I-70. VEHICLE 2 [THE 2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU DRIVEN BY KARLA HILKE] WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON I-70. DRIVER 1 FELL ASLEEP CAUSING VEHICLE 1 [THE 2011 HONDA CIVIC DRIVEN BY NADEIRA DOLMO RIVERA] TO TRAVEL OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROADWAY. VEHICLE 1 [THE 2011 HONDA CIVIC DRIVEN BY NADEIRA DOLMO RIVERA] TRAVELED THROUGH THE CABLE BARRIERS AND ENTERED EASTBOUND I-70. THE FRONT OF VEHICLE 2 [THE 2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU DRIVEN BY KARLA HILKE] STRUCK THE RIGHT SIDE OF VEHICLE 1 [THE 2011 HONDA CIVIC DRIVEN BY NADEIRA DOLMO RIVERA]. FATALITY PRONOUNCED BY WENTZVILLE EMS PERSONNEL AT 0753 HOURS ON 01/15/2018. ASSISTED BY MSGT J.L. DECKER (240), TPR. D.L. BILYEU (174),TPR. T.M. ZIEGLER (1440), TPR. C.M. BISHOP (202)
Hilke's injuries were serious. Hilke was taken by St Charles County EMS to SSM Health St Joseph Hospital St Charles.
The police said the damage to the 2011 Honda Civic driven by Nadeira Dolmo Rivera was total. It was removed by Skyline Towing. The damage to the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Karla Hilke was total. It was also removed by Skyline Towing.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
The Missouri Highway Patrol Major Crash Investigation Unit (MCIU) responded to this crash. Each member of the MCIU is a certified crash reconstructionist. Courts consider them experts in traffic crash investigations. They produce an accident reconstruction report—a detailed document with calculations, photographs, and witness statements—that may cost $100 or more. Trooper E A Pape MCIU Master Sergeant P J Kempke of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180026797 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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Hilke 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 Hilke 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.
Photo credit: Missouri State Highway Patrol