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Accident near Broadway and Thistledown leaves one in critical condition

Monday, February 10, 2014 | 11:08 a.m. CST; updated 12:25 p.m. CST, Monday, February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — One man is in critical condition after a car accident on West Broadway early Saturday morning.

Dennis O. K. Atim, 35, of Columbia was driving a 2000 Chevy S-10 Pickup west on Broadway approaching Thistledown Drive, which is east of Stadium Boulevard. He lost control of the car because of snow on the road, crossed the center line and hit another car head-on.

Cody Wilson, 19, of Columbia was driving the other car, a 2010 Toyota Tundra, east on Broadway when he was struck by Atim's vehicle. Two other passengers were in the car, Sara Struthers, 19, and 1-year-old John Struthers, both of Columbia.

The passengers in the Toyota were taken to University Hospital for minor injuries. Atim had to be extracted from the vehicle and transported to University Hospital for life threatening injuries. He was in critical condition Monday morning.

All parties were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash; John was wearing a child restraint.

Police suspect that speed too fast for conditions, alcohol or drugs, or distracted driving contributed to Atim driving over the center line. The crash is under investigation.


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