Two teenage girls were killed and another seriously injured Thursday night when their vehicle left the roadway near Emmett Kelly Park, struck an embankment and came to rest in a creek.
Houston Police Chief Jim McNiell said Friday morning that Stephanie Renee Kaufman, 18, of St. Peters, died from injuries sustained in the accident. She had been transported to Texas County Memorial Hospital.
Another person, Savanah E. Pierce, 18, was dead at the scene, according to McNiell. A third person, Brandy Kaufman, 19, of St. Peters, was freed from the wreckage by rescue personnel and transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. She has significant injuries to her right arm and pelvises, relatives report. She is breathing on her own.
Both fatalities were ejected from the vehicle, McNiell said.
The victims were the third and fourth persons to die Thursday in crashes in the Houston area. A Dent County couple lost their lives in a wreck early in the afternoon north of Houston.
In the second fatal accident, a 2008 Kia Optima was traveling northbound on U.S. 63 through Houston when it left the roadway, traveled down an incline and landed in the creek. Emergency personnel from several departments — who previously spent nearly four hours at a crash site just north of the community — worked to free Brandy Kaufman. They formed an assembly line to pass her up the hillside and onto a stretcher.
The Kaufman sisters lived in St. Peters, where a stepfather resides. Their mother lives in Houston.
Several TCMH ambulances, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department were called. An air ambulance was dispatched to the hospital.
A memorial fund was established Monday at Progressive Ozark Bank in Houston.