Three killed in accident north of Clinton

Editor’s Note: This version of the story corrects the fact that all but one of the crash victims were wearing seat belts.

by Andy Lyons
Managing Editor

Three people were killed in an automobile accident just north of the Clinton, Mo., city limits Saturday afternoon.

Jennifer Reeder, 19, of Springfield, Mo., and Erin Hook, 20, of St. Joseph, Mo., both UCM students, were killed in the crash. Paul Stankus, 49, of Clinton, Mo., was also killed.

The crash occurred at 2:10 p.m. as Reeder was driving northbound with Hook as her passenger on state Route 13 and crossed the center line, side swiping a vehicle driven by Eugene Hagameier, 65, of Nixa, Mo., according to Missouri State Highway Patrol records.

Reeder’s vehicle then collided with Stankus’ vehicle head-on and went off the left side of the road into an embankment, coming to rest on the driver’s side facing north. All three were pronounced dead at the scene by Henry County Coroner Dain Sisk. Hagameier was uninjured in the accident. According to the Highway Patrol report, Stankus was not wearing a seat belt.

Reeder and Hook were both members of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at UCM. University president Chuck Ambrose announced via Twitter that counseling services were en route to UCM’s Panhellenic Hall.

“Public safety went and picked up Paul and Liz from the counseling center and they are at Panhellenic now, not only available to women of the sorority but anyone needing support,” Ambrose said. “Even with the weather we didn’t want to wait to offer these services. With a community our size, everybody feels the loss especially within Panhellenic and the sorority system. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both of these young women.”

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6 Responses to Three killed in accident north of Clinton

  1. Robert Duke Reply

    March 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It is a truly tragic occasion. However, the last sentence of the article is directed entirely at the young women. Why is this? Mr. Stankus appears to be just a “victim at the wrong place at the wrong time”. He too has family and friends and each and every one is affected by this senseless event. May all three rest in the hands of our LORD.

    • Robin Hess Reply

      March 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Probably because he was speaking in reference to counseling services for UCM students……Im sure he did not mean to disregard or disrespect the family & friends of Mr. Stankus. But you’re right, countless lives affected by three tragic deaths.

  2. crystal petty Reply

    March 3, 2014 at 2:01 am

    My thoughts exactly Mr. Duke very well said!!!

  3. I have been reading the results or after thoughts of this terrible accident and speaking as a relative of Paul Stankus I think tooo much sorrow is being layed on the people who caused the accident in the first place. Reply

    March 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I have been reading the results or after thoughts of this terrible accident and speaking as arelative

  4. Anne Taylor Reply

    March 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

    There is incorrect information in this story. The Highway Patrol report states that Reeder, Hook and Hagameier were all wearing seat belts. Only Stankus was not.

  5. Frank Houston Reply

    March 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    The people who caused this fatal accident seemed to be getting all of the poor dears feelings. what about the poor innocent guy who was just going about his bussiness and got killed in the process.

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