O’FALLON, MO – Two children, ages 6 and 9, sustained serious injuries in a five-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Highway 79 North on Monday morning.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2011 Toyota Sienna, 2019 Mazda CX5, and 2011 Toyota Camry were all stopped on southbound Highway 79 around 7:21 a.m. A 2001 Lexus RX300 rear-ended the Sienna causing a chain reaction among the three stopped vehicles, and each vehicle rear-ended the one in front of it.
Two children in the Sienna were transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. No one else was injured in the crash.
The Lexus, which caused the chain-reaction crash, was driven by 18-year-old Grant Hytrek. It was totaled in the crash. The Sienna, driven by 39-year-old Bethany Puzzella, was also totaled in the crash.
27-year-old Kaitlin Erwin was driving the Mazda, which sustained moderate damages in the crash. The Camry sustained minor damages in the crash and was driven by 33-year-old Jessica Sahagun.
This article is one in a series presented by OnderLaw to inform our neighbors about car accidents and traffic news across our city. It should not be interpreted as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been injured in a multiple-vehicle crash, we would like to discuss your case in detail. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, your lost income, and other expenses. More importantly, the only way to fight against distracted drivers or fix the root cause of many accidents is to enlist the help of an experienced attorney that has the possibility to effect change and can prevent this from happening to another family. Contact us today to speak to one of our compassionate St. Louis car accident attorneys.