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Mo. Highway Patrol released new information regarding fatal Hwy 61 crash

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Fatal car crash on January 28 on Hwy 61 (Credit: KMOV) Fatal car crash on January 28 on Hwy 61 (Credit: KMOV)

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) – New details have surfaced about a January car crash that killed a mother and her two young daughters.

The accident happened on Highway 61 north of Wentzville.

A driver involved in the crash blamed a patch of ice and said the ice made him lose control and crossover. But a Missouri Highway Patrol investigation says they do not support that claim.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said their troopers are concentrating on the stretch of Highway 61 between Wentzville and Troy.            

Residents that live around the area say they are becoming increasingly concerned about their safety on Highway 61 and are asking for changes.

Three crosses sit on the side of the highway to remember 36-year-old Jackie Faudi and her two young daughters. They were killed in late January when a driver rear-ended Faudi’s vehicle, sending it out of control across the median and into the path of an oncoming SUV.

Although the driver that rear-ended Faudi’s vehicle blamed an icy patch, investigators say there were no reports of ice on the roadway on the morning of the accident. Investigators cited distraction or driver inattention as a probable contributing circumstance.

On March 30, troopers were out targeting the area of the accident.

Officials say the January accident led to a public outcry. Those who drive the highway on a regular basis want cable barriers installed to prevent crossovers.

According to officials, the area has seen tremendous growth over the years and even more is planned. A development is underway at Highway 61 and Route P.

While parts of the highway have been designated a travel safe zone with double fines, officials say the area has not had the reputation as a particularly treacherous stretch of roadway, until the crash occurred. 

Sergeant Al Nothum from the Missouri Highway Patrol said, “There has been some concern about crashes over the years. We're looking at that real close right now, doing what we can to get these people to obey the traffic laws here in Missouri.”

Nothum says he is seeing repetitive amounts of traffic crash reports that show inattention is a major cause.

Officials say there is another report due from investigators within the next few months. The report along with the report already released will be turned over to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

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