Which is a big drop compared to last year, the Missouri Highway Patrol reports. Last year, there were 14 such deaths over the holiday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people died during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2009 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2009. The Highway Patrol investigated one of the two fatality traffic crashes. Troopers investigated 333 traffic crashes, which included 126 injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 135 people for driving while intoxicated.
During the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday, troopers investigated 488 traffic crashes, which included 143 injuries. Statewide, there were 14 fatalities over the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend. In addition, troopers arrested 114 people for driving while intoxicated in 2008.
One of the people killed this year was a Kansas City man, Jerry W. Puckett, 58, who was killed yesterday in Benton County. The other fatal wreck was in Greene County, around the Springfield area.