• January 27, 2023

Sharon Farmer, Ukena Farmer, Stephen Figgins Killed, 6 Injured in Wrong-Way Accident in Springfield, MO

Springfield, MO -- January 20, 2023, Sharon Farmer, Ukena Farmer, and Stephen Figgins were killed due to a wrong-way driver accident.

Officials said that the crash happened at around 1:00 a.m. along the James River Freeway. Details suggest that a Texas family was in a Ford Expedition traveling along the freeway. Another vehicle, a Dodge Ram, was apparently on the wrong side of the road and crashed into the Expedition.

Sharon Farmer, Ukena Farmer, Stephen Figgins Killed, 6 Injured in Wrong-Way Accident in Springfield, MO

Due to the collision, three people from Ford sustained fatal injuries. Officials identified the victims as 69-year-old Sharon Farmer, 45-year-old Ukena Farmer, and 61-year-old Stephen Figgins. Three people were said to be in critical condition following transport to the hospital while three others, including the Dodge driver, had either minor or unspecified injuries.

Right now, authorities say they believe that intoxication contributed to the crash. This and other details are still under investigation.

To be rather frank, I would be more surprised to hear a crash like this didn't involve alcohol or drugs. It's almost always the result of someone who is not aware of their surroundings getting on the wrong side of a limited access highway and ultimately getting people hurt or killed. It's just shameful that a whole family's life is torn apart due to actions which were entirely avoidable.

Whatever actions led to that devastation, the family deserves to know, and they deserve to see those responsible face the appropriate consequences. I can only hope that the authorities in Missouri are as equipped to handle a potential drunk driving crash as they are here in Texas.


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