ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A woman has been charged after an argument started a four-car chain reaction accident on Interstate 55/70 on February 19.
According to police, two passengers inside a white Ford Explorer began to argue at 3:14 a.m. when the front passenger, Anna Jarmon, 28, grabbed the steering wheel from the driver, Cori Jarmon, 33, trying to pull the car to the shoulder so she could fight 25-year-old Christina Kelly.
Anna Jarmon has been charged with three counts of reckless conduct. Her bond has been set at $75,000. Reckless conduct is punishable by probation or a prison term of one to three years.
Police say Cori Jarmon jerked the car back onto the roadway, overcorrecting and causing the car to overturn. The Explorer was then struck by a blue Hyundai Sonata and a black GMC Envoy as they were traveling on I-55.
A fourth vehicle was also involved in the collision, a black Toyota Tundra driven by 26-year-old Jonathan Goedeke hit the driver’s side of the Sonata on I-55/70 mile marker 6.8.
All three occupants of the Explorer were transported to an area hospital, the driver sustained serious injuries.
Two occupants of the Hyundai, Michael Adams, 22, and Michael Lively, 24, were airlifted to a hospital suffering from serious injuries.
According to reports, 29-year-old Alicia Cuiriz driving the Envoy and passenger Diana Perez, 20, both from West Chicago, endured minor injuries and did not receive medical treatment.
Officers say Goedeke was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of alcohol. He is being held at the Madison County Jail
Authorities say there was another two-vehicle property damage hit-and-run crash involving a tractor-trailer that occurred at the same location soon after the initial crash occurred.