Joshua Passiglia, 20, of St. Louis, Missouri was killed Sunday evening when he lost control of his vehicle while heading east on Highway 44 near Antire Road close to Eureka, Missouri. The vehicle careened into and crossed the center median into the westbound lanes, striking a westbound family head-on from Richland, Missouri. The family was returning from a family outing in St. Louis. Mary Muxlow, 27, was a passenger in that westbound car and died after being taken to St. Clare Hospital by the Eureka Fire Protection District. Her husband, Chad and 16 year old son Chase were treated for serious injuries and her 10 year old daughter Anna and 7 year old son Tyler suffered moderate injuries. All members of the Muxlow family were wearing seatbelts. Mary Muxlow was a third grade teacher at Richland Elementary School and will be sorely missed by her students and coworkers.
Mr. Passiglia, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene. After striking the Muxlow’s vehicle, the Passiglia vehicle became airborne and struck a vehicle driven by Kathy Neiger of High Ridge, Missouri. Neiger had pulled off on the right shoulder and although her vehicle was damaged, she was not listed as injured in the accident report.
There is no conclusive report yet on what may have caused Mr. Passiglia to lose control of his vehicle, but troopers were reported to suggest that it appeared that he was driving too fast and witnesses apparently told police that Passiglia was weaving in and out of traffic.
Several lanes of I-44 in both directions were reopened early Monday after being closed throughout the night for the accident reconstruction investigation.