Three killed in crash near Sullivan, Missouri

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(KTVI) - The Missouri Highway Patrol says three people were killed in a crash Friday morning.

The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Highway 185 near Highway EE in northern Washington County.

Troopers told Fox 2's Anthony Kiekow that a man in a Dodge pick-up truck illegally crossed the center line on 185 while trying to pass another vehicle.

The pick-up truck slammed head-on into a Mazda as it went over a hill. All three people inside the Mazda were killed.

Troopers report finding diapers in the debris from the crash, but they say no children were involved.

The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the two women and the man in the passenger car as Valerie Lewis, 28, Shari Ryerson, 56, and  Casey Edwards, 25. Washington County Coroner pronounced all three dead at the scene.

The driver of the pick-up truck was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital in critical condition. The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the pick-up driver to be Travis Rawe, 22.

Rawe could face charges, according to troopers.

74 comments

  • bigbird

    We have property out that way and to be honest with the meth addicts and theft and dealing with 185 i do my best not to go there anymore . That road is garbage .Ive seen so many wrecks on 185 since i was 10. Its Sad on both ends . The man who was passing in a no passing zone should be held responsible plain and simple.

  • Michele Cash

    This is so sad! Why do do many young adults think they can disregard the law and all will be OK? This is the reason young adults’ insurance premiums are so high! I feel for the families left to grieve, including Travis’ family, who will bear the repercussions for many years to come. But he needs to go to prison- this was not an accident; rather, a deliberate act on his part to break the law to get somewhere in a hurry. So sad…

  • Henry

    for those on the comment thread who may not have official information, fault is obvious. The official HP report states: FATALITY ACCIDENT – VEHICLE 1 WAS ATTEMPTING TO OVERTAKE ANOTHER VEHICLE AND PULLED INTO THE PATH OF VEHICLE 2. VEHICLE 1 STRUCK VEHICLE 2 HEAD-ON. FATALITIES PRONOUNCED AT THE SCENE BY WASHINGTON COUNTY CORONER BRIAN DECLUE AT 0730 HOURS.

  • Ashley ;)))

    First of all where was he going that was so important? That’s the BIG question! Prayers for their families and friends!!!

    • anonymous

      He was going to work. He was told if he was late one more time he would be fired. I am sure even he would tell you their lives were more important than his job. Not making excuses just stating a fact.

  • bucky

    we all get upset in time of tragedy but we are none perfect and all make mistakes all we can do is pray for all the families involved

  • Ashley

    This goes to every person who has commented on this. Casey was my honestly true best friend. he was the the smile to my frown. i was mean he was the sweet. He was the one person in this world who had a heart like no other, and what we had was amazing. He has a truck that looked like the truck involved for a split second my heart was not tore apart because i thought maybe he was alive, but then thought how he would break knowing he had killed 3 people it would have destroyed him. Then i realized no that was not his truck that pile of metal was the car he was driving and once again i fell to pieces. i am so empty and alone without him, and it was stupid what happened. I am so mad that he is gone for a stupid reason, but this driver of the truck i for a split second thought how bad it would have destroyed Casey if he had done it and although my Casey is gone, i wish this boy knows that I know for sure that Casey would not hate him, and It pains me to see all of these negative comments because yes it was horrible. But that boy who is dead was my everything normal, and i can not say the brutal things that some have said. what if it was Casey who would have been in the truck then his name would be trashed like this other boy. We all do horrible things but for some reason fate or whatever misses giving the consequence. I know Casey’s heart and I have to go with what i believe he would feel…. Pissed beyond words, angry, but no hate, no hate at all.

  • Ashley

    This goes to every person who has commented on this. Casey was my honestly true best friend. he was the the smile to my frown. i was mean he was the sweet. He was the one person in this world who had a heart like no other, and what we had was amazing. He has a truck that looked like the truck involved for a split second my heart was not tore apart because i thought maybe he was alive, but then thought how he would break knowing he had killed 3 people it would have destroyed him. Then i realized no that was not his truck that pile of metal was the car he was driving and once again i fell to pieces. i am so empty and alone without him, and it was stupid what happened. I am so mad that he is gone for a stupid reason, but this driver of the truck i for a split second thought how bad it would have destroyed Casey if he had done it and although my Casey is gone, i wish this boy knows that I know for sure that Casey would not hate him, and It pains me to see all of these negative comments because yes it was horrible. But that boy who is dead was my everything normal, and i can not say the brutal things that some have said. what if it was Casey who would have been in the truck then his name would be trashed like this other boy. We all do horrible things but for some reason fate or whatever misses giving the consequence. I know Casey’s heart and I have to go with what i believe he would feel…. Pissed beyond words, angry, but no hate, no hate at all.

  • Ann

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all involved…my only prayer will be that people will take this horrible tragedy and learn from it but sadly they will not because so many takes chances everyday thinking or saying nothing going to happen to me but wake up folks this is proof that it dose please wake up were you can arrive safety and families don’t have to bury there love ones because of chances that you are taking god bless you and keep you safe

  • Jeremy

    For anyone that knew Casey even briefly this was a tragic and sudden lose for all involved I feel Horrible for Casey and his family but at least his pain was quick and its over but for the unfortunate kid that lived once he pulls out of this he has to live this this forever and he will forever know that he changed the lives for 100s of ppl forever and i hope for him he can live with himself cause i know i couldn’t.

  • LeeAnn

    My sister Valerie was murdered in this accident as well, yes I say murdered because this man was being a wreckless hotshot, passing on a hill in a no passing zone on an already curvy dangerous hwy? My sister was young and beautiful and had 3 small children, one just a baby. Now because there is nothing left of her body her mother is devastated that she cannot see her one more time to say goodbye, or touch her once more, forget an open casket. We just want her back! She had no life insurance and noone has the money for the funeral let alone to help her children. I feel sorry for this mans family but not for him. He has to live with this the rest of his life, but he will move on and get to live. He is at fault yet everyone else involved payed for it! I have prayed and prayed to feel forgiveness and understanding and all I am left with is the fact that this is unfair and unjust…hopefully in time God can grant us the peace we need to heal but this man hasn’t even apologized for what he has done….

  • Dianna

    I know no one is perfect, sadly my Casey will never pull into the driveway again. And each passing minute that becomes more of a reality to me. God has taken him home, along with some very good friends from what I have read. I am saddened for our losses an pray we find peace an strength to move forward. I hold no grudges, we all have to answer for our actions.

  • Jessica

    Valerie Lewis is the mother of my niece and nephew… They are 5 and 4, they will never see their mother again because of this horrible accident and careless driving. I pray for her and her family, she was like a sister to me but everyone know, she is now with her dad the person she missed most! I still can’t fathom the fact that my brother has to now look at his babies and tell them they will never see mommy again. Idk where they were going or what they were doing but it doesn’t matter everyone got called as angels way to soon. Love you Valerie, it’s not goodbye it’s I’ll see you later :)

  • Jamie

    This is such a tragedy! Many have to deal with the loss of such great friends and family members. Everybody has a way of dealing with their own pain. Ashley said “wat if it was Casey in the truck”, well Casey wuld have NEVER have done something lyk that ever! He was a very kind hearted person that was the light of my world. He was a person that u just could never be mad at! I have always loved Casey and he knew it… It kills me that the only tym I’ll c him again is when it’s my tym. But everybody needs to remember that just because the coroner said they are gone doesn’t make it true! They will always be with us and sometyms even beside us helping us through hard tyms. Just because we can’t c them anymore does not mean they r not there. I love u Casey may you rest in peace.

  • Izzy Skie

    This is to all the people who are sticking JP for the man that practically caused this to happen to my COUSIN!!! I mean no harm by this but he killed 3 in no sent people by doing something he wasn’t even supposed to do! He subconsciously crossed into the other lane not only in a no passing zone quick is illegal but ON A HILL!!! For real! That just makes it worse! I lost a very important family member because of you and do you realize what the father of her 3 childrenisgoing to have to do now??? Holes Bonn have to tell a 5 year old and a 3 and a 1 year old that they won’t seethier mommy anymore!!! No offence but yet you still stick up for him when he commited a crime and killed 3 other people with families! Now for the respect my prayers do partially go towards you all but he has to live with the fact he committed manslaughter……. now I hope you all have a wonderful day! :'( :)

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