George Redenius Killed in Truck Accident on US-67 in St. Charles County, MO
St. Charles County, MO — October 18, 2022, 82-year-old George Redenius died in a three-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 67 in St. Charles County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:15 p.m. along US-67 at Richard Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 25-year-old Shawn Millfelt was driving a Hino flatbed truck on the highway when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light at the Richard intersection.
As the Hino truck passed through it crashed into a Ford F-150 driven by Redenius. The impact pushed the pickup into a nearby Pontiac G6 and all three vehicles then ran off the road.
Redenius was critically injured in the wreck. He was airlifted to an area hospital where he died a short time later. Millfelt and the Pontiac's occupants received minor injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on George Redenius Accident in St. Charles County
If the trucker really ran the light as reports suggest, some may feel that's a pretty damning detail and more than enough to ensure that driver and his employer would have to accept fault and make amends for the victim's fatal injuries. However, I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--is truly as straightforward as that.
Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. They'll argue with police reports, blame anything and everything but their driver for the damage done, and in general throw as many hurdles as possible in the way. They have a lot to lose in a wrongful death situation, so it's best to assume they'll fight like hell not to.
Some may think I'm just being cynical, but decades of working on commercial wrecks have taught me many important lessons about what their aftermath is likely to involve. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one company simply owned its employee's mistake and tried to make things right. All the others staunchly fought against accepting liability, so people affected by a crash like this are best served by knowing what that might look like and how to overcome it. Click below to read more.