William McDowell, 86, of Vandalia, died on May 23 from injuries sustained during a crash on I-70 near mile marker 124.0 on May 16.
The crash occurred when Vehicle 1 was driving westbound on I-70 near the 124.0-mile marker. Vehicle 1 was in the merging lane from the Stadium/I-70 on-ramp, Vehicle 2 was in the passing lane and Vehicle 3 was in the driving lane. Witnesses reported Vehicle 1 attempted to use the cross-median emergency U-turn by crossing both the driving and passing lanes. Vehicle 2 collided with Vehicle 1, causing Vehicle 1 to spin and collide with Vehicle 3. It was not believed that alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.
Case number: 2019-004939
Original Press Release(s):
Columbia Police investigate serious physical injury crash on May 16