One Killed After Running Red Light Crashing Into Tractor Trailer

WASHINGTON, Mo - This morning Washington Police Chief Ken Hahn released a statement regarding Sunday’s fatal crash.

Washington Fire and EMS responded at approximately 11:20 a.m. to the intersection of Highway 100 and Southpoint Road for a report of serious vehicle crash.

Chief Hahn said that according to witnesses, the driver of a 1998 Ford Taurus was traveling westbound on Highway 100, running a red light at Southpoint Road and driving directly under a 2012 Freightliner tractor trailer that was in the process of making a left turn onto eastbound Highway 100. 

Hahn said that the entire top half of the Taurus was torn off and the vehicle ended up in the north ditch just west of Southpoint.

The driver of  of the Ford Taurus, 35-year-old Corey M. Cobb of Gray Summit had to be extricated by the Washington Fire Department.

He was transported by Washington Ambulance to Mercy Washington, and ultimately airlifted in critical condition with serious head trauma to Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.

Due to the severity of his injuries, Cobb was later pronounced dead at 21:35 hours on December 21, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 27-year-old Paul D. Lefevre of Colorado Springs, Co was uninjured.

The intersection was closed and traffic rerouted for several hours while the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control.

The crash investigation is being conducted by Washington/Union Police Accident Reconstruction Team.