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Mt. Vernon, MO - David Galer and Joanne Merritt Killed in Crash on I-44

Apr 7, 2021

Mt. Vernon, MO (April 07, 2021) - Officers responded to a car crash that resulted in the deaths of both driver and passenger on the morning of Wednesday, April 7th.

Sources said that 67-year-old David Galer was driving his pick-up truck eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 when he collided head-on with an oncoming box truck.

Galer and one of his passengers, 46-year-old Joanne Merritt, both died during the impact.

The driver of the box truck was unharmed during the incident.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims. David Galer, and Joanne Merritt, at this time.

Passenger Fatalities in Mt. Vernon


Passenger vehicles like minivans, sedans, pick-up trucks, and SUVs are involved in more vehicular fatalities every single year than any other type of vehicle. Unfortunately, the possibility of being severely injured or killed during a vehicle collision is not a consequence borne only by the driver. Every single occupant of a vehicle is at risk of a fatality or an injury when they are involved in a car accident.

At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we take an aggressive approach at helping our clients recover after being injured in accidents. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys strive to help accident victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after being harmed in preventable accidents.

Our Kansas City, Missouri personal injury attorneys understand the mental and emotional challenges victims face after being harmed. The financial impacts only make recovering more difficult. Our team is wholly committed to spending significant time and efforts on helping victims maximize their recoveries and we have a track record to prove it. With thousands of successful claims, we have helped our clients obtain a total of $500 million in claims.

We will stop at nothing to ensure your legal rights are protected after being harmed. Contact our Kansas City accident attorneys to see how our team can help you.

Note: Our team of writers utilized secondary sources in the creation of this accident post. For that reason, the specifics regarding this accident have not been independently fact-checked and verified by our writing staff. If you locate any information that is not accurate, please notify us immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed from our site, please let us know and we will do our best to remove it completely.

Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the Kansas City, Missouri business community, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is always looking to increase the safety of and bring overall safety for all Missouri residents. We hope that by bringing awareness to the dangers associated with driving that people will exercise additional caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being injured in a serious crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. This post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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