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UPDATED: Names released in fatal crash on US 67

9:30 p.m. UPDATE: A crash on northbound U.S. 67 Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of one and left two seriously injured.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, James Luksza, 32, of Farmington, was driving his 2002 Honda Accord northbound on U.S. 67 when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a tree.

James was seriously injured and was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center by St. Francois County Ambulance. James Luksza Jr., 5, was seriously injured and taken to Mercy Jefferson by Joachim PLattin Ambulance and later airlifted to Cardinal Glennon. Chasen Luksza, 3, was taken to Parkland Health Center in Bonne Terre by St. Francois County Ambulance and was pronounced at 12:27 p.m. No one was wearing their seat belts. 

The patrol is seeking charges against Luksza for possession of methamphetamine, driving while intoxicated (drugs), involuntary manslaughter, possession of marijuana under 35 grams, assault in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. All charges are pending warrant application.

4:30 p.m.: A one-vehicle crash on U.S. 67 just north of Bonne Terre and south of Cash Lane claimed the life of a 3-year-old child Tuesday afternoon at 12:15 p.m.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesperson Corporal Juston Wheetley said at the conclusion of the investigation there will be charges filed against the driver of the car, who is also the young boys’ father.

“They are presenting preliminary reports to the PA to consider charges,” stated Wheetley. “The kids, neither one of them were buckled. Charges will be reviewed by the prosecutor and they may pick him up tonight depending on how injured he was.”

Wheetley added the troopers went down to the prosecuting attorney to work on a probable cause statement to get a warrant.

“He was traveling northbound on U.S. 67, lost control of the car and went off the right side of the road, up an embankment and struck a tree,” said Wheetley.

Wheetley added both children were seated in a booster seat, but were not seat belted into the car. The 3-year-old was seated on the driver’s side of the car behind the driver in the backseat.

“When they impacted he struck the back of the driver’s seat because he was not restrained,” explained Wheetley. “He hit hard. The 5-year-old was behind the passenger seat.”

St. Francois County Ambulance District Administrator David Tetrault said De Soto Rural and Big River fire departments, along with two ambulances, were dispatched to the accident.

“Then we asked for a third one from (Joachin-Plattin Ambulance District) and fourth one to move up into our county from Valle,” said Tetrault. “We had three critical patients and the most critical went to (Parkland North) and the 5-year-old went to Mercy Jefferson in very critical condition.”

Tetrault said the man was taken to the trauma center at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis. He added some of the family had already been notified.

“The 3 year-old boy, who was in very serious condition, was taken there because air services were unavailable due to the weather conditions,” said Tetrault. “(The child) was taken to the closest hospital, Bonne Terre North, where efforts were made to stabilize the child without success and he was pronounced at the hospital.”

Tetrault added the 40-year-old father was alert and combative with multiple injuries of the upper and lower areas of his body. He was treated with splinting, IV, monitor, dressings and oxygen therapy. He was still in serious condition when he arrived at St. Anthony’s trauma center.

“The third (ambulance) had the 5-year-old boy, who was also in serious condition and couldn’t be airlifted due to the weather conditions,” said Tetrault. “He was taken to the next closest hospital, Mercy Jefferson, where efforts were made to stabilize the child for possible fractures of the lower legs and or pelvic area. He was airlifted to Cardinal Glennon and as of now his injuries were confirmed to be only a pelvic fracture at this time, but is still in serious condition.”

Tetrault wants to encourage those who need a car seat for their child or just need it checked to make sure they are in the correct sized child seat to come see them.

“It’s free and this will save your child’s life,” said Tetrault. “We have car seats and technicians to install them at our House #4 at 2600 Anchor Drive off 67 (and Parkway) in Park Hills. The child seat that the children were in were not the correct size or seat. I want to make sure that this doesn’t ever happen again.”

The Daily Journal will provide more details as they become available and charges are filed.

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The driver of a passenger car lost control, left U.S. 67 and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon, critically injuring himself and one child and claiming the life of another child. The driver, the father of the two children, was reportedly impaired and now faces likely charges. 

The driver of a passenger car lost control, left U.S. 67 and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon, critically injuring himself and one child and claiming the life of another child. The driver, the father of the two children, was reportedly impaired and now faces likely charges. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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