Contact: Officer Brian Tate
Traffic Unit, Crash Investigator
Columbia Missouri Police Department
Officer Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Injury Traffic Crash
DATE & TIME OCCURRED: 04/22/13 @ 1245
DATE & TIME REPORTED: Same
ACCIDENT LOCATION: 127.8 MM I-70 westbound
DRIVER #1: Berst, Robert W Age: 55
1716 West Johnson Injured: No
Vandalia, Il 62471 Seat Belt: Yes
PEDESTRIAN #1: Braun, Nicholas D Age:23
216 South Fifth St. Injured:Yes
Columbia, Mo 65201
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
Crash occurred when vehicle #1, a 2013 International Prostar Tractor-Trailer Unit was westbound on I-70 near the 127.8 MM and Pedestrian #1 was walking in the outside westbound lanes of traffic near the 127.8 MM of I-70. Driver of vehicle #1 attempted to swerve to avoid pedestrian #1, but was unsuccessful, and struck the pedestrian near the passenger headlight.
Pedestrian #1 was transported from the scene by EMS personnel to The University of Missouri Hospital for life threatening injuries. Driver #1 was uninjured. It is unknown at this time why the pedestrian was in the lanes of traffic and not on the shoulder.
Excessive speed, alcohol, and/or inattention on the part of driver #1 are not believed to be a factor, however driver #1 voluntarily submitted to a chemical result of his blood. Results pending lab analysis.
Summons/Charges: Pending investigation