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Crawford Co, MO - Handley, King, and King Killed in Four-Car Crash on I-44

Jul 24, 2021

Crawford Co, MO (July 24, 2021) - Three people were killed during a four-vehicle collision on the afternoon of Thursday, July 22nd on Interstate 44 at milepost 214.

An investigation showed that 69-year-old Allan R. Bates, a resident of Lake Worth, FL., was driving a 2019 Ford F-650 UHAUL westbound on the interstate at about 4:50 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a 2015 Honda Odyessy driven by 45-year-old Mark A. Polsak, a resident of High Ridge.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Ford F-650 then crossed over the median and collided head-on with a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 23-year-old Frank L. Handley, a resident of Janesville, WI.

The force of the impact then caused the Chevrolet to strike a 2015 Ford Transit van that was driven by 47-year-old Michael W. Semmens Sr., a resident of Genoa, IL.

Handley and his two passengers, 22-year-old Eve A. King, also from Janesville, and 19-year-old Ronald King, a resident of Beloit, WI. were all pronounced dead at the scene at 5:29 p.m. by the Crawford County coroner.

Semmens sustained non-critical injuries and was transported by North Crawford County Ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan.

This accident is under investigation by troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. It is unknown at the time if any charges will be filed.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims, Mr. Frank L. Handley, Ms. Eve A. King, and Mr. Ronald King, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.

Wrongful Deaths in Crawford County


When the actions of an individual, regardless of whether they were unintentional or intentional, result in the death of someone else, the victim's surviving family members could be entitled to financial compensation for their losses.

When people die unexpectedly, they often leave behind devastated loved ones. In many cases, families who seek justice with the help of a wrongful death attorney in Missouri are successful in obtaining the financial compensation to which they are entitled.

Missouri’s personal injury laws entitle members of the victim’s immediate family to seek financial remuneration for funeral expenses, burial costs, foregone wages that the victim would have earned throughout their lifetime, psychological trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.

Our car accident attorneys in Kansas City endeavor to help our clients maximize their financial compensation so they can easily obtain the medical care they need without any financial problems. The legal team at Peterson & Associates P.C. will ensure that you understand all legal options available to you in the wake of a fatal accident.

Under special circumstances, where the behavior that caused the death was egregious, malicious, or illegal, a civil court can also allow members of the immediate family to solicit punitive damages against the respondent.

Not only is it important that families get full and fair compensation after losing a family member in an accident caused by a negligent driver, but we are dedicated to helping them achieve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can move on and successfully handle the obstacles they face.

If you have lost a family member in a car accident, and you would like to hear what legal options are available to you, contact our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at (816) 298-8708 as soon as possible to schedule a free case of evaluation to see how we 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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