LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that one of the four victims who died in the head-on crash on Hwy 5 had been in a single-vehicle crash hours earlier in the day.
The report says that Arthur Hayes slid on an ice-covered Hwy E east of Eldridge and struck a tree. The crash happened 5 miles east of Eldridge. Hayes was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt. A Ford F-150 was towed from the scene.
Arthur (Ray) and Crystal Hayes later died in a different vehicle when they crossed the center line on Hwy 5 and struck Daniel Hahn of Springfield and Loretta Hendrickson from Lebanon head-on. Hahn and Hendrickson were both pronounced deceased at the scene. Arthur Hayes was at the wheel at the time of the crash and KY3 reports that improper passing and driving too fast for conditions were the likely cause.
Daniel Hahn and Loretta Hendrickson were en-route at the time of the crash to see their own son who had been injured in an earlier Camden County crash.
The patrol says the couple’s son, Christopher Hahn was eastbound on Hwy 54 Friday morning when he swerved to avoid a tractor trailer and struck a van driven by a Camdenton resident Jay Binsbacher head-on. Another van then struck the rear of Binsbacher’s Dodge Caravan. Christopher Hahn was transported to Lake Regional for treatment of serious injuries. Troopers responded at 7:15 a.m. Friends of the family say he remains in a medically induced coma.
In the earlier crash involving Arthur (Ray) Hayes, Trooper Cpl. Brackett responded at 6:10 am and was assisted by the Eldridge Fire Department.
Court records show Arthur (Ray) Hayes had a suspended sentence of 2 years probation in November from a previous driving offense.
Crystal Hayes was facing charges at the time of her death for the Gasconade Park incident in May when she allegedly provoked her son to beat up teenager Joseph Wilkey. She had entered a plea of not guilty on December 6th for the charges of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child – Creating Substantial Risk- 1st Degree.
A fund for the children of the Moreland-Hyes family has been established here: https://www.gofundme.com/27-crystal-moreland-and-ray-hayes