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Patrol: Phelps County woman among 10 killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes


A woman from St. James was one of 10 people who died in crashes on Missouri highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday that troopers worked about the same number of crashes over the Memorial Day weekend compared with the holiday weekend last year. Troopers reported investigating 314 crashes over the weekend -- last year they worked 301 crashes.

Troopers in Mid-Missouri's Troop F investigated 48 crashes with 10 injuries and no deaths. Troop F reported 13 drunk driving arrests and three drunk boating arrests and investigated three boat crashes.

One of the 10 people killed in crashes over the weekend was Chandra Moffet, 42, who died when the dune buggy she was riding in went out of control on a Phelps County road Sunday, according to the patrol. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the buggy.

The patrol says two people died on the roads Friday, four people on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Memorial Day.

Troopers say the crashes included 102 injuries.

The patrol reported six boating crashes statewide but no injury crashes at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Troopers made 130 drunk driving arrests, seven drunk boating arrests and 14 drug-related arrests, the patrol said. The drunk driving and boating arrest numbers were similar to last year's.

The weekend ended Monday night for the patrol's purposes but two people were hurt in a Miller County crash early Tuesday.

Lester Boyer, 59, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Tuscumbia, were hurt when their Dodge Ram 1500 went off the road, hit a rock and landed on its side. Boyer was driving, according to the patrol. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. The crash happened on a Highway 54 outer road.

Boyer and the boy were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

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