The Platte County Sheriff’s Department got a call about a one-car wreck on Missouri 45 a little bit before 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 21rst, 2011.
Reginald Demps Jr. and his passenger and teammate, Quaran Johnson were heading south on Missouri 45 near Platte City,MO when the accident occurred. The two were headed home for Christmas. The Platte County Sheriff’s Department’s Captain Erik Holland says that they are not yet sure what caused the accident, but that he suspects that the slick road conditions were the culprit.
Tragically, Demps was killed in the wreck, but Johnson was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and should be home for Christmas.
Ryan Moody, the Benedictine Ravens basketball coach, said, “This is a devastating and tragic day for Benedictine College, Benedictine men’s basketball, and most importantly, for the family of R.J. He had an impact on his coaches, his teammates, and the entire Benedictine College community.”
Many accidents like this happen every year during the winter season. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while traveling to visit family for the holidays:
- Get plenty rest so that you can stay awake and alert while traveling.
- Have your tires, windshield wipers, vehicle fluids, breaks, belts, and lights checked by a professional.
- Always have a car emergency kit in your vehicle.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Always buckle up.
- Drive defensively – be aware of the vehicles around you and be ready to react if they make a mistake.
- Try to stay calm if someone does something, while on the road, that upsets you. Getting angry will only make things worse.
- Know what to expect from the weather so that you can drive accordingly.
- If the weather conditions inKansasandMissourisuddenly change and worsen, change your speed to avoid losing control of your vehicle.
- Know your route and know what roads to avoid because of construction.
- Avoid distractions as you drive; such as texting, eating, or talking on the phone.
Sometimes, even if we do all of this, we still end up in a wreck or with a broken down vehicle. If this happens to you, stay out of the road and dial “47” for the Highway Patrol Dispatcher.
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