City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 6, 2020

CONTACT: Brittany Hilderbrand
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia
573.817.5049
policepio@CoMo.gov

Jeff Pitts
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia
573.817.5049
policepio@CoMo.gov

Correction: Columbia Police investigate fatal injury vehicle crash on Feb. 5

(COLUMBIA, MO) -

Correction: The spelling for the residence of the deceased is Boonville. The The original release incorrectly stated the deceased was from Bonneville.

Date and Time: 
Feb. 5, at 6:41 p.m.


Location: Eastbound on 1-70 near Mile Marker 127


Vehicle and Driver Information:


Vehicle 1 - 2006 Ford Focus


Driver 1- Patrick E. Elsey, 26 of Boonville, MO


Seatbelt: Yes


Vehicle 2 - 2006 Freightliner ST120 tractor-trailer, towing a 53 foot enclosed box trailer


Driver 2 - Nega A. Tadesse, 48, Garland, TX


Seatbelt: Yes


Incident Details:


At approximately 6:41 p.m on Feb. 5, 2020, Columbia Police Officers responded to a blocking accident on I-70 E near Range Line exit. While en route on I-70, officers located a secondary accident eastbound on I-70 where a car had rear-ended a loaded semi-trailer, which was stopped in traffic.

Upon arrival, the officers discovered Vehicle 1 had slid into the back of Vehicle 2.  Driver 1, identified as Patrick E. Elsey, 26, of Boonville, was transported to University Hospital and later pronounced deceased from his injuries. Next of kin has been notified.


Driver 2 has been identified as Nega Tadesse. He was uninjured and released from the scene. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have contributed to this motor vehicle crash. This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.


Case Number 2020-001141


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