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Teen Driver Suffers Significant Injuries in Accident on Manchester Road

The two-vehicle accident also injured two others and blocked several lanes of traffic on Tuesday morning.

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A two-vehicle crash on Manchester Road in Ellisville Tuesday morning injured three people and blocked several lanes of traffic for much of the morning.

Police said the accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when a Jeep heading east on Manchester Road hit a Mazda crossing onto the westbound lane from East Meadow Lane, police said. 

Ellisville Police Sgt. Nancy Walker said it was possible that the driver of the Mazda had her view obstructed and was unable to see the oncoming traffic when she made the turn. 

The names of the victim's were not released, but police said the Mazda was being driven by a 17-year-old female from Ballwin, who suffered significant injury. The vehicle's passenger, a female from Ellisville whose age was unknown, sustained intermediate injuries. 

The driver of the Jeep was a woman from House Springs, Mo., and she suffered intermediate injuries. Police said she was either 40 or 41 years old.  

Lanes were closed in both directions on Manchester Road for much of the morning as police worked on an accident reconstruction. 

viki lynn March 26, 2013 at 07:31 PM
For years citizens have been asking for traffic lights to be put up. How many more accidents have to happen before this gets done. The city counsel needs to let the Mayor out of his 'time out', so he can get something done. Instead of giving Walmart what they want, how about thinking about the citizens first and put that money to GOOD use and save some lives?
Tired March 26, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Classy Viki...Make a tragic event about your b.s. agenda...Intelligent people see through you and people like you...Manchester Road is a state managed right of way, the city can ask, but the state has the final say...Now go hug the Big E, I mean the big tree...Best wishes to the parties involved within the accident...And I apologize for those who have tried to hijack this unfortunate incident for their personal objectives.
Jerry Craig March 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Making a left turn on to Manchester at East Meadow is a dangerous situation. Literally hundreds of cars must do this every day. The light at the Best Buy intersection used to break traffic. Now traffic East bound on Manchester moves very fast. Several people have tried to circulate petitions to get a light at East Meadow but no results so far. It is amazing that there are not more accidents where this occurred. The city council and MODOT should take notice.
Martin Logan March 27, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I don't know what the answer is, other than good old fashioned PAYING ATTENTION, but yet another light on Manchester is the LAST thing we need.
Peggy A. Henkel-Davis March 27, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Why not make it like reinke road and make it so you can't make a left before 10am. Bus drivers watch people texting and driving all the time. Maybe you should try issuing tickets for texting while driving. If people where not always in such a big hurry all the time and paid more attention to their driving there would be fewer accidents. People have gotten to the point of only carving about just themselves and no one else. People are so rude. Heaven forbid you should let someone out or in. Bus drivers are being cut off constantly. People follow to close behind others. I SAY SLOW DOWN AND PLEASE BE A CONCIDERATE HUMAN BEING INSTEAD OF A ANIMAL.
Jane Schmidt March 27, 2013 at 04:20 PM
All of these are good suggestions but the point is people need to pay attention and if they don't have clear vision then wait until you do. It is better being late than hurt or killed. The biggest factor is the trees are a hindrance for vision to come out of East Meadow or any of the side streets for that matter. Please trim the trees or better yet take them out especially near the intersections.
Michael McGinnis March 27, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Hey Peggy, Your "well written" comment made me come here and respond. My niece was the passenger in the car with the 17 year-old driver. Nobody was texting, nobody was acting like an "animal", it was an accident. Sort of not like using the spell or grammar check available on most computers.
Rockwood 25 March 27, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Isn't there some reasonable solution that works for all...like having one light that serves both the lot of the former Best Buy store AND the street well so that all can have a safe, legal and efficient experience? There were possibilities being floated by a business looking to occupy the lot. I hope they are still in the works.
Malissa Schreiner Snodgrass March 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM
I live on East Meadow, and everyday the traffic is horrible!! People cutting through to get to Manchester, always "yielding" at Barbara Ann/Carole Lane instead of stopping, which makes it dangerous to back out of my own driveway. It is posted 20mph, but no over ever does. I have been passed on East Meadow!!! for doing the posted speed limit!! How about double fines for speeding on East Meadow. No left before 10, seriously!! I can't go to Reinke and make a left before 10am, so what am I to do??? GO to New Ballwin to make a left?? I would have a 10 mile commute to work instead of a 3 mile commute!! People just please drive safe, obey the posted speed limit, use common sense, and pay attention, accidents do happen that's why they are called accidents. On a side note, how about those school buses doing the speed limit on East Meadow??
Mike K March 28, 2013 at 04:16 AM
The reason the traffic is so heavy on East Meadow is because anyone needing to turn left onto Manchester is forced to go through the triple-whammy of Woerther, Holy Infant, and Selvidge, and then you get to wait for the left turn at Manchester. Thank deity-of-choice we can turn left on East Meadow. MoDot needs to re-evaluate the light at the former Best Buy.
viki lynn March 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Tired- Obviously you are VERY self centered. Don't think of other people......... I have waited a few days to reply to your very childish, self - centered rag so I did not spout off thoughtlessly as you have. You are not intelligent at all. My sister was killed years ago at that very spot, trying to turn left onto Manchester road. As far as my agenda, I want people safe...I want children safe. The people of Ellisville Meadows have been asking for stop lights at that intesection longer than you are probably old. So, stop with your self righteous babble and think of other people and their reasons for wanting a light there.
viki lynn March 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I know exactly what you speak of Malissa. We have tried to get the police to come sit and 'run a gun,' to catch speeders but that has not happened yet. We have reported speeders, still hasn't happened yet. The day there was an accident (because of speeding), on East Meadow we asked - we were told they would try....well.....hasn't happened yet.
viki lynn March 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM
There is more traffic that comes in and out of Ellisville Meadows Subdivision than has ever come in or out of Best Buy. They got a light, why can't we?
I Care March 29, 2013 at 09:29 PM
How is the 17 year old driver doing? I hope and pray she is doing better each day.
Mike K March 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Interesting that not one person thinks that the Jeep might have been going too fast to avoid the accident? Maybe because she wasn't from around here? Maybe she was pretending to be another business fleeing Ellisville while driving down Manchester? Or a council member ignoring the residents right in print of them but plowing into them anyway to get them out of their way? The cops should report this stuff as malfunctions of the best buy light to regulate traffic and speed on Manchester, at least during 8-10am m-f. Thankfully, we have robot camera cops down at clarkson & Manchester, busy 'generating' 50% revenue, bookout is putting more in, supposedly the state regulates this stuff, so ... No worries, right? We have the best city government around ... NOT.
viki lynn March 30, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Molly, First, let me say I hope your sister and and her friend are getting better by the day and will fully recover. I know what it is like to have this happen. I am pretty sure that Peggy didn't mean to sound in the tone of which you read it. It sounds like she was just making an observation and didn't specifically mean your sister out right. It sounds like she has made many observations while driving as all of us see things people are doing while they drive. I take from her post that she was generalizing. I know (even though I don't know her) that she is correct about people driving carelessly and fast but she didn't say your sister was. Please, I know you are hurting and this was a tragedy for your sister and her friend. There are a lot of us out here praying for their recovery and something to be done about this particular section of Manchester. I am sorry if my posting angers you in itself, but believe me I and any other humans with compassion mean no ill will in our postings.
Pete Larson April 01, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Girls are doing well. Passenger had concussion and was released from hospital Thursday. Driver got out of intensive care Sunday and will go to rehab. Driver has spleen removed, cracked ribs & pelvis. Bruised lung. Head trauma but is speaking and recognizes family members. Luckily both we're wearing seat belts.

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