Five Kansas City area residents were killed in crashes on Kansas and Missouri highways and roads this past Thanksgiving holiday.
Those killed in the crashes were identified as: Anthony V. Ferrari, 52, of Peculiar; Derek W. Gillilan, 27, of Higgingsville; Pamela J. Foster, 63, of Liberty; Thomas C. Hartley, 29, of Clinton; and Bradley Cox, 47, of Independence.
The five fatality victims were among at 14 people who were killed on Missouri and Kansas roads during the holiday period, which ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Sunday.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported Monday that troopers investigated 544 traffic crashes in which 150 people were injured and nine people were killed. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that five peopled were killed in four crashes. It did not report the total number of crashes nor the number of people injured.
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Ferrari was killed Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving struck the left front of a combinethat was wider than its lane. The crash occurred on Peculiar Drive near 237th Street, south of Peculiar. Ferrari was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol. The driver of the combine was not hurt.
Gillilan was killed Friday in a single-vehicle crash when his vehicle ran off Missouri 213 south of Page City Road and struck an embankment. The vehicle overturned several times before coming to rest in a field. Gillilan, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected, according to the highway patrol.
Foster, who was a passenger, was killed Friday when the driver of the vehicle in which she was riding lost control on Interstate 35 south of Lathrop, Mo. Foster, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. The driver and another passenger also were not wearing seat belts but were not injured.
Hartley was killed Saturday when the vehicle he was driving ran off Missouri 2 just east of South Bennett Road and overturned. Hartley was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.
Bradley Cox, 47, of Independence was killed Saturday in a rollover crash caused by a tire blowout on U.S. 69 in Miami County. Eleven other people, including several children, were hurt in the crash. Everyone was using a seat belt or other safety restraint, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.