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Fewer Deaths on Missouri Roads Over the Memorial Day Weekend

Six people died in traffic crashes in Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend, including two in southwest Missouri. Last year, nine people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the counting period of 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 298 traffic crashes, which included 98 injuries and five of the fatalities. Troopers also arrested 105 people for driving while intoxicated. During the 2014 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Patrol investigated 295 traffic crashes, which included 130 injuries and eight of the nine fatalities. Last year, troopers arrested 146 people for driving while intoxicated.

Teddie R. Marrs, 75, of Pineville, died Saturday when the vehicle he was riding in drove into the path of a second vehicle. Marrs was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the Highway Patrol. Both drivers, who were wearing seat belts, sustained serious injuries. The crash occurred in McDonald County on U.S. Highway 71 two miles north of Jane.

Vicki L. Paulus, 58, of Republic, MO, died Monday when the motorcycle she was riding traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred in Christian County on Logan Ridge Road nine miles south of Ozark.

There were no boating fatalities over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. Troopers investigated six boating crashes involving one injury. There were no drownings. Troopers arrested 15 people for boating while intoxicated. During the 2014 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated seven boating crashes involving two injuries, and no one drowned. Troopers arrested 20 people for boating while intoxicated last year.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.