Police Identify Victims, Details In Triple Fatal Ladue Road Crash

Authorities say two people died at the scene and another passed away at a hospital following a head-on crash late Friday.

Ladue Police Chief Rich Wooten has confirmed early Saturday that three people died Friday evening in a 2 car head-on crash when a driver attempted to pass another car on Ladue Road at Gouverneur Lane.

Wooten said a 2007 Ford Focus, driven by Kyle Weeks, 25, of Olivette, was westbound on Ladue just before 9 p.m. Friday when it passed another vehicle and struck a 2004 Volkswagon Jetta, driven by Melanie Michailidis, 46, of St. Louis, which was eastbound. Weeks and Michailidis were pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph Jacob, 41 of San Francisco, CA, who was a passenger in the eastbound vehicle, was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis where he later died. Authorities say there were no passengers in the westbound vehicle.

A Washington University spokesman confirmed Saturday  that Michailidis was a post doctorate fellow at the school. 

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Rebecca February 02, 2013 at 09:00 PM
This loss of life is so sad. Although I don't know the specifics in this case, I'd like to say, "Impatience can kill. Please everyone, let's take a moment, take a breath.....and remind ourselves to slow down, and we'll get to our destinations safely."
James Baer February 02, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Passing over the yellow line is absolutely forbidden, no matter the circumstances. Drivers simply cannot pass slower moving cars in urban areas, no matter how strong is the urge.
Terry and Samira February 03, 2013 at 12:54 AM
It can happen in a moment of impatience. Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased precious ones and their friends. We earnestly pray for His comforting spirit to touch the broken hearts and grant them peace in their overwhelming sorrow. Kyle was a fine young man. How heartbreaking to have to write "was". Life is so fragile. Please drive carefully!!


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