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Written by: OnderLaw, LLC
Last Updated : December 22, 2021

Update: Two people injured in four-vehicle crash on eastbound I-70

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

ST. LOUIS, MO – Two people were injured in a four-vehicle crash that caused significant traffic delays on eastbound I-70 at the Cypress Road exit (235C) on Tuesday afternoon.

This is an update to an earlier post.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the four-vehicle crash involved a 1999 Saturn SL, a 2016 Honda CRV, a 2004 Jeep Liberty, and a semi truck, and occurred at around 1 p.m.

The chain-reaction was initiated when the Jeep, driven by 20-year-old Nicolas J. Virga, slowed to merge onto eastbound I-70. The Saturn, driven by 52-year-old Gerardo Guzman, was traveling behind the Jeep.

Svetlana Vinnik, 54, slowed her Honda to allow the Jeep to merge onto I-70. She was traveling in the right lane in front of the semi, which was driven by 30-year-old Akmal Umarbaev.

Guzman slowed down and swerved to avoid hitting the Jeep, but not in time. His Saturn’s front end hit the Jeep, then traveled into the right lane of the highway.

At the same time, the semi struck the rear end of the Honda as it slowed down to yield to the merging Jeep. The semi also hit the rear of the Saturn, which caused the Saturn to hit the right side of the Honda.

Police report that the semi ran off the right side of the road and hit the side of the Jeep. Both the semi and the Jeep landed on the right side of the road in a rock ditch.

The Saturn overturned and landed on the highway in the right lane. The Honda also came to a rest in the same lane.

Guzman sustained serious injuries, while Vinnik sustained moderate injuries. Both were transported to SSM Health DePaul Hospital. The other two drivers were unhurt.

The Jeep and Saturn were both totaled in the crash. Both the Honda and semi sustained moderate damages in the crash.

All drivers, except Guzman, were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

This article is one in a series presented by OnderLaw, LLC 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 highway 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 for safer highways and ramps 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.

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