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Victims of car accidents still at University Hospital

Saturday, December 8, 2012 | 2:37 p.m. CST; updated 3:52 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two people involved in separate car accidents this week were undergoing treatment at University Hospital as of Saturday morning.

Michael Tufts was in critical condition, and Charles Mills was in serious condition, according to the hospital. 

Tufts, 23, was the driver of a Ford pickup truck that flipped several times and ejected him and a passenger, Michelle Morrow, 24, out of the truck Thursday around midnight, according to the accident report.

The truck  collided with a Volkswagen Beetle that had crossed the center line on Providence Road, according to a Columbia Police Department crash report. 

Morrow died Friday afternoon in University Hospital. A second passenger in the truck, John Kalogeris, 21, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Tufts, Morrow and Kalogeris were not wearing seat belts.

The driver and passenger of the Beetle were uninjured. 

Mills, 39, of St. Peters, was hit on I-70 by Emily Ferguson, 19, of Kirkwood, who was westbound in the eastbound lane at 3 a.m. Friday near Kingdom City, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

Ferguson died later that morning at University Hospital. She was not wearing a seat belt, but Mills was, according to the report. 

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.


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