This past Sunday Kimberly A. Butcher of Eureka died in a car crash when the driver of the car she was a passenger in lost control while navigating through a particularly slushy bit of road in Jefferson County. The driver, David Butcher, was seriously injured in the car crash along with other passengers 20-year old Jonathan Woodward and 2-year old Christian Butcher.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said that David Butcher was driving the 2001 Chevy Malibu north on Route W when he lost control on the particularly cold and slick patch. The Chevrolet Malibu spun counter-clockwise into the southbound lanes when they collided with the 2000 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Stanley Tyner, 57, of House Springs. Tyner suffered moderate injuries from the car crash.
This is a sobering reminder that as the weather dips into the more frigid degrees of the thermometer, extra caution should be exercised in order to prevent another car crash incident like this. One should especially be concerned over the appearance of black ice, the thin and virtually transparent glaze of ice, because it can be especially hazardous when it forms on the roadways as it can be virtually invisible to automobile drivers and easily lead to a car crash.
You must use extreme caution in inclement weather to avoid a car crash
AAA gives plenty of helpful tips for driving in winter weather. One should never use cruise control over any slippery surface (especially ice). Avoid driving in very bad icy weather whenever possible. And, of course, always use your seat belt. Visit their website for their full list on how to avoid getting into a car crash this winter season.
The weather will be getting colder, and as the holiday season dawns on us there will be an increased the risk for a car crash or other unfortunate auto accidents. So be alert, exercise caution, and be safe when you’re driving.