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Lawrence High School social studies teacher injured in accident east of St. Louis

May 27, 2011

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A Lawrence High School teacher is recovering at St. Louis University Hospital from injuries he received in a head-on collision Thursday in Collinsville, Ill.

David Platt, 44, a social studies teacher at LHS, was a passenger in a vehicle struck head-on when another vehicle crossed the median and went through a cable barrier on Interstate 55-70 about 4 p.m., according to a report from the Illinois State Police.

Matt Brungardt, LHS principal, said Platt’s injuries were not life-threatening but include several broken bones.

“He’s going to be fine,” Brungardt said. “He’s recovering nicely.”

The driver of the vehicle that crossed the median,16-year-old Bethany Budwell, was killed in the accident.

The Honda Civic Platt was a passenger in was driven by Corey Roelofs, 28, of Kansas City, Kan. Roelofs was also transported to St. Louis University Hospital, where he is in intensive care. However, no other information on his status was available.

Trooper Mike Link from the Illinois State Police said the accident is still under investigation, but he said alcohol or drugs are not suspected as contributing factors at this point.

Comments

roggy 3 years, 3 months ago

Glad that Platt and Corey are going to be ok. KMOVTV website has pictures of the accident posted on their website. Their article says the family of the girl that crossed over the median and died, might have been texting. So incredibly sad!!!

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cmb2009 3 years, 2 months ago

I am the sister of Bethany. She was not texting and driving or even talking on her phone while driving. When KMOV announced that, they lied because nobody in our family said she was texting and driving. It was stupid media trying to make the accident into something that it wasn't.

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gsxr600 3 years, 3 months ago

Awful news. Hoping for Platt's speedy recovery, seriously one of the best teachers I've had.

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MISTERTibbs 3 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how fast you have to be going in order to go through, or over, those cable barriers.

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cmb2009 3 years, 2 months ago

She didn't go through OR over the cables, she wen't under them. She drove a tiny little plymouth laser.

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JulieCRea 3 years, 3 months ago

It is a blessing that he did not receive life-threatening injuries. He's a great person and the greater LHS community sends their prayers for a speedy recovery.

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JulieCRea 3 years, 3 months ago

It is a blessing that he did not receive life-threatening injuries. He's a great person and the greater LHS community sends their prayers for a speedy recovery. I hope the driver Corey will also be okay as well.

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motoadventure 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes, I believe seatbelts and airbags are simply placebos if people continue to be ok with distracted and impaired driving. Every day, people fail to see the harm in texting and driving because they think "I'll be ok, I've got a seatbelt, and an airbag and a 50 foot wide median." That is, if they even think about it.

Then a 'freak' accident happens and the fault is not laid on the person who was distracted/impaired, it's the fault of the gubment for not going above and beyond what common sense and a balanced budget would allow.

Sure, a cable median barrier would save a few lives on K10. Could that money be put to work in a different capacity to decrease the number of distracted/impaired driving fatalities statewide? I wouldn't claim to know the answer.

The bigger question is when will people be able to put aside emotions and realize that many of these accidents are caused by someone doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing.

It might be wise to put the money into education, see if a few lessons in personal responsibility might do some good.

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grimpeur 3 years, 3 months ago

"many of these accidents are caused by someone doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing."

You got that right, moto!

That's why many of these "accidents" are not accidents, but the result of someone's deliberate choice to play with toys behind the wheel.

That's right: toys. Too bad so many young drivers learned from their parents that it's OK to endanger your fellow road users so that you don't have to interrupt your entertainment and fashion show.

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cmb2009 3 years, 2 months ago

If you guys are refering to this accident about your stupid "toys", then you sound like idiots. She wasn't texting or talking on her phone while driving. Just because she was sixteen years old does not mean that she was being irresponsible. They cause of the accident is unknown and always will be unknown. However, what is known is that she was NOT using her cell phone while driving. My sister was smarter than that and I don't appreciate anybody running their mouths about a situation they know nothing about.

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Jessie Stoltenow 3 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Platt and Corey~ Please make a speedy recovery and get home safely!!! It's awful that the 16 year old died... my thoughts are with the families of all involved in this horrific accident. Platt was one of my favorite teachers and he's an amazing person.

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thebigspoon 3 years, 3 months ago

Glad that David is going to be okay. So much for the cable barrier theory...

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motoadventure 3 years, 3 months ago

It's incredibly sad when things like this happen, and I wish for both of them to have a quick recovery. It's good to see that crumple zones on new cars can do their job when needed.

If you look at the pictures from KMOV, the cable barrier was intact and appeared to have done little to slow her car. Goes to show that there will always be 'freak' accidents. I feel for her family, having lost someone just as they were coming of age for such a silly reason.

Dare I say the real culprit in these 'freak' accidents (this one and others closer to home) might be distracted/impaired driving?

Nah, it was that cable barrier for sure. It needed to be 10' tall... [/sarcasm]

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cmb2009 3 years, 2 months ago

She went under the cables. There are scrapes on the top of her car. Also, this "freak" accident was not due to a phone distraction if that is what you are implying. I am her sister, I would know.

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rlmtyco 3 years, 3 months ago

Glad to see Coach Platt is doing okay, its a shame about the 16 yr old female.

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SWJayhawk13 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm so glad that Mr. Platt is okay! He was a great teacher, always made class interesting. My thoughts go out to the family of the 16-year-old girl though.

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Alfred_W 3 years, 3 months ago

Speedy recovery to Platt and Roelofs, and condolences to the girl's family.

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anothermother 3 years, 3 months ago

David Platt is not only one of the best teachers I have ever met, but also one of the finest human beings. Sending wishes of health and recovery your way, David.

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