Columbia teen killed in Missouri's first reported traffic fatality in 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012 | 12:50 p.m. CST; updated 3:53 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 1, 2012

COLUMBIA — Kameron Gwin, 19, of Columbia was killed in a one-car accident on Route Z early Sunday morning. It was the first reported traffic fatality in Missouri in 2012.

A passenger, Danielle Strickland, 18, also of Columbia, was in serious condition at University Hospital at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

The collision occurred on Route Z, one-tenth of a mile north of St. Charles Road, according to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Gwin was not wearing a seat belt when the 1997 Mitsubishi veered right off the road and hit a tree. Troopers responded at 2:30 a.m.; Gwin was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:34 a.m.

Strickland was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Both she and Gwin attended Hickman High School.

In 2011, Highway Patrol Troop F reported 63 fatal accidents.

The last fatality of 2011 occurred in Gasconade County at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when the 2004 Chevrolet that Robert D. Theissen was driving went into a ditch, overturned and struck a tree.

There were no other occupants, and Theissen, 23, was not wearing a seat belt.

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