Man Dies After Being Hit by Intoxicated Driver
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MSHP Report – Troop B
A Clarence man died after an intoxicated Shelbina man rear-ended him at 6:51 p.m. on US 36 one-mile east of Lentner on Friday, October 21, 2022.
According to the crash report, Charles E. Craig, 64, was eastbound in a 2004 Ford Ranger, when he was struck by an eastbound, 2008 Buick LaCrosse, driven by Jerry F. Fifer, 47, Shelbina, in the rear. The Ford Ranger slid off the roadway and struck an embankment, ejecting Craig, and occupant, Constance S. Romanetto, 50, of Clarence. The Buick ran off the north side of the roadway and came to rest in a field.
Craig was pronounced dead at the scene by Shelby County Deputy Brown at 7:09 p.m. Romanetto was flown by MU One to University of Missouri Hospital with serious injuries.
Fifer was taken by Monroe County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital with minor injuries.
Craig and Romanetto were not wearing seatbelts. The report states it is unknown if Fifer was.
Both vehicles were totaled and insured. Fifer carried insurance through Farm Bureau and Craig had insurance through Shelter.
According to the MSHP arrest report at 7:38 p.m., Jerry F. Fifer, was arrested for: 1) Felony DWI causing death of another 2) Felony DWI causing serious physical injury 3) DWI – alcohol 4) careless and imprudent driving involving an accident. He was held on a 24-hour hold at the Shelby County Jail.