Unrestrained children injured in roll-over crash; Owensville man arrested on DWI allegations

By: 
Dave Marner

BELLE — An Owensville man was arrested Saturday afternoon on allegations of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle, roll-over crash on Highway 89 north of Belle which injured two children who were not seat-belted.

Cody S. Miller, 26, was arrested at 1:25 p.m. Dec. 2 and faces DWI charges for causing physical injury to Keegan E. Collier, 6, and Emmanee M. Collier, 4, both of Vienna.

Miller also faces state charges on allegations of failure to drive on the right half of the road resulting in a motor vehicle crash, driving without insurance, driving without a seat belt, and failure to secure the two children. As of Tuesday, a final report on the incident had not been submitted to the Osage County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, according to staff there.

The crash was reported at 12:58 p.m. and occurred approximately 300 feet north of Route D, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report filed by Cpl. C.L. Mistler. Miller was reportedly traveling south on Highway 89 in a 2002 Ford Rangers when he ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected, and travelled off the left side of the highway. The vehicle overturned several times and came to a stop on its wheels.

The Patrol’s report noted Miller was intoxicated on alcohol at the time of the crash. Miller was seriously injured and was released to be transported by Ozark Central Ambulance to Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City for medical treatment.

Keegan E. Collier was flown by helicopter ambulance to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, according to the MSHP report.

Emmanee M. Collier was transported by ground ambulance to Capital Region with minor injuries and later transferred to University Hospital in Columbia, according to a highway patrolman familiar with the incident. She was released early Sunday morning and was in the care of her step-grandmother, Denise Brown Davis, according to Davis’ Facebook post shared with her permission. 

Davis provided the following update on the childrens’ conditions on Sunday morning:

“Emma is home with me, she woke up with a smile and ready to play! Said she doesn’t hurt anywhere.

“Keegan however is still at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis. He has facial fractures, a dislocated jaw, torn tendons or ligaments in his neck and his teeth are pushed up in his mouth or gone. He has to have surgeries and will be in the hospital for a while.

“Your prayers are very much needed!

“Thank God for the angel he sent to watch over them because looking at the pictures from the Marie’s County Advocate of the truck they were in that has to be the only reason they are still here!”

Emmanee was back in preschool this week, Davis told The Maries County Advocate on Tuesday. Keegan, a kindergarten student, will require additional surgeries to repair damage to his face and the loss of teeth. He is in a neck brace but his step-grandmother thought he may be released soon. She said they are thankful there were no brain injuries. She said he is doing better than they could have hoped for, given the circumstances.

(With reporting by Laura Schiermeier of the Maries County Advocate’s staff).

(Editor’s note: The MSHP crash report listed the childrens’ home town as Belle).