Andrew J. Asmus (driver who wrecklessly ran stop sign across major highway...injured, but hospitalized and still alive...he was on the opposite side of the impact.)
Benjamin J. Gray (deceased passenger in Andrew Asmus's car...he took the full brunt of the impact of the oncoming vehicle...he paid the highest price for Andrew Asmus's stupidity.)
Cory W. Roush (injured and hospitalized passenger in Andrew Asmus's car.) Innocent passenger in the car of an idiot.
Daniel C. Shute, 49, Braymer. Also injured and hospitalized because Andrew Asmus chose to ignore a stop sign.
Mr. Shute was simply driving along the highway at highway speeds, rounding a blind, downhill corner where crossroads (like Route JJ) had stop signs posted to prevent accidents. He will no doubt feel (for the rest of his life) the guilt that should be shouldered by Andrew Asmus.
"The Excelsior Springs Standard Online
By ERIC COPELAND
A two-vehicle accident on Missouri 210 Friday afternoon left one teenager dead, two of his friends badly hurt and a fourth person also seriously injured.
Benjamin J. Gray, 17, Missouri City, was a passenger in a 1994 Ford driven by Andrew J. Asmus, 17, Excelsior Springs.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the two teenagers and a friend, 17-year-old Cory W. Roush, also of Missouri City, were southbound on Route JJ at 3:35 p.m. Friday when they failed to stop at the stop sign at Missouri 210. The vehicle crossed into the path of an eastbound 2004 Dodge driven by Daniel C. Shute, 49, Braymer, and the two collided and traveled off the southeast corner of the intersection."
This is the intersection in question.
Stop signs are clearly posted.
Along a minor county road crossing a major state highway.
I know there are several families who are hurting because of this tragic accident.
But my daughter just turned 14 and is chomping at the bit to drive.
It is idiots like this who scare the living shit out of me.
My daughter could be the best, most responsible and cautious driver in the world.
And all it would take is one stop-sign-running bastard like this to kill her dead.
I told my daughter, if you never, ever learn anything else from me, remember this one single thing..."People are STUPID!"
The second lesson I imparted was that 100% of traffic accidents and fatalities can be attributed to somebody doing something stupid.
Like ignoring a stop sign and crossing a highway in oncoming traffic.
This senseless accident (and the resulting fatality) could have easily been avoided by drivers just paying attention and obeying the law.
This isn't rocket science.