A Chillicothe woman, Danette L. Rardon, 39, was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday evening in downtown Chillicothe.
A Chillicothe woman, Danette L. Rardon, 39, was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday evening in downtown Chillicothe. The crash occurred at 5:04 p.m. when a northbound pickup truck, said to have been traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at a red light at Calhoun Street and struck the driver’s side of Rardon’s vehicle. Rardon, driving a 2017 Hyundai Sante Fe, was traveling west on Calhoun Street and was making a right turn onto Washington Street when her vehicle was struck, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report. The pickup truck, a 2002 Ford F150, was driven by Shawn M. Yuille, 23, of Trenton. Both vehicles skidded more than 200 feet north from the point of impact. According to the report, the Rardon vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign pole and came to rest partly off the roadway facing east. The Yuille vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and came to rest facing east. Rardon was pronounced dead at the scene by Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley at 5:30 p.m. Yuille was taken by Chillicothe ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center and then transported to St. Luke’s Medical Center via LifeFlight Eagle for treatment of serious injuries. Yuille’s daughter, 5-year-old Izzabella R. Yuille, was a passenger in the pickup truck. She was taken by Chillicothe ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center and then transported by LifeFlight Eagle to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment of moderate injuries, including a laceration to her forehead. The patrol reported that the she was not wearing a safety device at the time of the accident. Jeremy J. Osburn, 22, of Chillicothe, also a passenger in the Yuille vehicle, refused treatment at the scene. Neither Yuille nor Osburn were wearing safety devices at the time of the accident, the report stated. Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Clint Gilliland told the Constitution-Tribune that an excessive rate of speed contributed to the accident. The speed limit is posted at 25 mph. Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren has been contacted for consideration of charges. The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Chillicothe Police Department, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and the Chillicothe Fire Department. Authorities were on the scene until after 11 p.m.
Authorities are seeking any witnesses who observed the black 4-door Ford truck being driven prior to the crash or observed the crash as it occurred. “If you observed the actions of the black truck prior to the incident or watched the crash take place, please contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121 or MSHP Troop H at 816-387-2345,” said Police Chief Jon Maples. “Witnesses are very important in an incident like this.”
Rardon was employed as senior vice president of wealth management at Citizens Bank and Trust. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe. Burial will be at the Schrock Cemetery near Reger, Mo.
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