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Wentzville Man Killed in One-Car Crash on Hwy. N

Robert Taylor, 23, of Wentzville was pronounced dead on the scene at about 11:30 Wednesday night.

A Wentzville man was killed on Hwy. N late Wednesday night when his car ran off the road and hit a tree, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

Robert D. Taylor, 23, was driving a 1999 Hyundai Sonata eastbound on Hwy. N just west of South Point Prairie Road. His car left the roadway when he was unable to negotiate a curve and he overcorrected, going into the westbound lanes and off the road.

The car hit a tree and overturned. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was not wearing a safety belt.

chrisfrzzr May 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Bobby was so sweet and caring it doesnt even feel real why did this have to happen to such a caring and loving person he would cry for ur pain and laugh at every joke he put so many smiles on peoples faces :( rip bobby we miss u so much
Barb Helfrich May 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Bobby graduated in 2008 with my son. He went on vacation to Michigan and the UP with us in July of 2007. He was at our home many times. He was a very gentle, sweet teenager when I knew him. I have driven N a many a time and that road is horrible. I could never figure out why they built a high school in a corn field with the only acccess from that direction on Highway N. The road should have been fixed before the school built. I have many times, at the speed limit, been unable to navigate those curves. I havent seen him since graduation day. I moved to Michigan. When we were on vacation I asked him about his salvation I asked him "IF you were to die tonight, where woud you spend eternity?" He told me he knew Jesus, so I know where he is today. We are goning to miss you, Bobby. You are in a better place.
Jackie Marler May 17, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Not only are you being incredibly insensitive to a grieving family and community, but you are spewing ignorance regarding a subject matter that you obviously have very little knowledge of. To compare I-70 and N is complete nonsense. But if you insist, consider that there are ongoing improvements to 70 every year, many of which are intended to improve both traffic flow AND safety. Many of the accidents on N are not caused by reckless driving. I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing one of these, involving an elderly couple pulling a small trailer with their wheelchair and walker on the back. On a slow downhill bend, just west of Hwy Z, the back right wheel of the trailer just barely dropped the shoulder, causing the SUV / trailer to jackknife. They crossed lanes, exiting the roadway with a 20ft drop, slamming into the side of a hill with so much power that the SUV popped into the air, flipped and landed in the next driveway. The neighbor had just retrieved his mail and was less than 50ft from where the vehicle landed. The woman, although wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car due to her small / fragile size. The man was trapped upside down until EMT could get him. I'll never forget him begging for his wife, and we couldn't find her. I am equally frustrated with ignorant, reckless drivers - I was hit by one. But MODOT had a rep on Patch a month ago stating the number one problem on N is drivers dropping a tire due to the lack of shoulders. Please educate yourself.
Jackie Marler May 17, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Mr Braudis, you are obviously unaware of the number of times the road actually DOES grab the car and throw it off the road. Please do some research. Talk with MODOT and the county Sheriff's department. The road is so deteriorated in some places that it's almost impossible to stay within your lane and also avoid the major dips/holes that can cause even the safest driver to drop a tire. The road was not built to handle this volume of traffic, and that is causing it to deteriorate faster than normal. Without standard lane sizes and shoulders, drivers are left with almost no room for error or correction. You may be perfect, Mr Braudis, but most people are not. Even the safest driver will experience a scary situation on Hwy N if they drive it every day. And some of them won't be as lucky as you either.
Garrett May 17, 2013 at 01:47 PM
William, if that is your name, I am Kerrie Garrett and I never wrote about the road conditions. I was telling you that an accident is an accident and a human life has been lost. That said just show compassion. There is no need to continually voice such negative opinions. People leave behind loved ones. This isnt a challenge to voice your negative thoughts, it is a plea to find kindness when people are hurting.
Mz. Adams May 17, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I pray for you Mr. Braudis. You are a hateful and bitter person. Obviously something happened in your life to make you such an insensitive jerk. Hope no body that you love or care about meets their demise on this road. You seem to think you have such vast knowledge so I'm sure you will take comfort in knowing that its their own fault. I'm sure his Mother and other people that love him just don't care. All they know is that someone they love is gone forever and their hearts hurt. Something you don't seem to know about since you are obviously a heartless prick!! GO AWAY!!! NO BODY CARES WHAT YOU THINK!!!
Mz. Adams May 17, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Bobby was a very sweet young man and was loved by many. He was a wonderful friend to my daughter and she is absolutely devastated over the loss of him. My heart aches for her and for his family. I am so thankful that I had the chance to meet him and that my daughter had such a wonderful and true friend who was always there for her. RIP Sweetheart. We love you.....
Chase Marler May 17, 2013 at 03:07 PM
William- I'm sorry that you took my post so negatively. Maybe I should have been more careful when posting this to make sure my statement couldn't have been mis-read. There have been a number of accidents on this road over the last several years. Accidents happen for all sorts of reasons and its heart-breakingly tragic when a young life is lost; regardless of the reason. In the case of HWY N, the speed limit is 45-50 along most of the stretch between Hepperman Road and Interstate 64. Hopefully all people are taking those speed limit postings seriously; as there a number of turns that could be dangerous if you're not keeping an eye on your speed. My hope is that MODOT and the other applicable local departments will start to take serious note of the number of accidents that have occurred on this road over the past several years that have results in serious injury or the unfortunate loss of life. There wasn't always a High School on this road, nor a Middle School, and nor an Elementary School. And Immanuel Lutheran's school is now located right off of this highway. There's not even a turn lane, flashing lights, or anything indicating that traffic will be coming to a complete stop to make a 90 degree turn. And we as a people know that student drivers are just that: student drivers. We need to make every effort to educate about the dangers of un-safe driving habits AND make sure they have the safest roads possible to travel on while they're on their way to school
chrisfrzzr May 17, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Ya bobby was a nice and smart and doesn't deserve u slandering him god bobby i miss him he would of gave u the clothes off his back he will be miss by sooooo many rip bobby till we all meet again
Barb Helfrich May 17, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Does anyone know of the funeral arrangements?
JMR May 17, 2013 at 06:48 PM
This accident did not happen anywhere close to any of the schools. Hwy N was not made to handle the traffic it has on it. The hwy dept does need to update it with shoulders and repair it. We all need to learn to slow down. I feel for this young mans family and friends.
Barb Helfrich May 17, 2013 at 07:24 PM
The way we went to Timberland High was on this road. We lived on the outskirts of the school district
chrisfrzzr May 17, 2013 at 08:16 PM
This is just unreal :(
LuLu May 17, 2013 at 09:15 PM
No arrangements have been made yet.
LuLu May 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Its so hard without Bobby...I wish it wasn't true, I wish this was just a dream. & we could all wake up from it. Bobby is one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. I can't even picture my life without him in it. He is so smart, caring, & kind. I will never forget all the memories we have. RIP Bobby...ill see you again soon.
LuLu May 17, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Mr. Braudis...I pray you never have to go through what we are going through. You are so disrepectful, why don't you put yourself in our shoes before you comment. We lost a big part of our lives...if you even knew Bobby or the situation completely, you wouldn't be so incredibly rude and insensitive. We would just like for everyone who wasn't affected by this loss, to show the rest of us who are mourning, some common decency & respect.
Thoughts and prayers to family and friends of Robert Taylor. Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
5/11/13 - SUPPORT NEEDED BY MAY 31st – HWY N - Letter Writing Campaign Many have asked what you can do to help with the Hwy N initiative and here is your opportunity. Please write a letter of support of the Hwy N, SOS-II Initiative to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) which is a six-member bipartisan board that governs the Missouri Department of Transportation. Public comment period to submit letters to the MHTC is until May 31st. The following key items should be included when writing: 1.WHO you are 2.WHY this is needed - safety for all who travel Hwy N 3.WHAT you are requesting - see bullet points below: a. Complete resurfacing of Hwy N b. Adding shoulders c. Bring lanes to standard size of 12ft (currently 9ft lanes) d. Center Line Rumble Strip e. Shoulder Rumble Strips f. Addition of turn lanes for high traffic areas 4.WHEN/WHERE – see below: Requesting approval by MHTC for Hwy N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the two projects located in St. Charles County along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please keep letters positive including thanking the MHTC for their time and consideration. Mail letters to: Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
The letter writing campaign is not limited to adults as we also encourage you to have your children write as this is a lesson on how government and the political system work, a life lesson on how things get done and never give up on something you believe is the right thing to do. Remember - it takes a village! The greater letters of support will be a constant reminder to the MHTC that the citizens need the Hwy N initiative to be prioritized and funded for road improvement. Thank you for the continued support!
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Robert Taylor. Please join our effort to have Hwy N improved. Shoulders fOr Safety – Phase II is a group of concerned citizens who are insisting on shoulders being put along the roads in the O’Fallon/Lake St. Louis/Wentzville area in St. Charles County, Missouri (specifically on Hwy N from Sommers Road/Ronald Reagan Drive to Hwy T). May 4, 2013 - SOS-II would like to provide an update (and very encouraging news!!!) in regard to road and shouldering improvements on Hwy N (from Sommers Rd. to Hwy T). On Wednesday, May 1st the MoDOT St. Louis District recommended at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) meeting for two projects for shouldering and safety improvements along Route N to be included in the Fiscal Year 2014-2018 (FY14-18) State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The two projects are located along Route N (approximately 11 miles total): 1. From Sommers Road to Route Z 2. From Route Z to Route T Please visit our Facebook page for information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shoulders-fOr-Safety-Phase-II/188568557908811
William Braudis May 18, 2013 at 05:29 AM
I would agree that the addition of Shoulders along N is an excellent idea. Now at least you are beginning to think This act would most certainly help good drivers however you people who believe that you can push the Gas petal to the floor, well we will be reading your story on these same pages.
Mark Chartrand May 18, 2013 at 08:51 AM
William Braudis - I think you would benefit from taking an English class. That way, when you thoughtlessly insult the dead, you can at least come across as well-educated.
johnny g May 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM
My God william, so now we have to scratch reading comprehension and reading between the lines off your list of abilities now!? What do you think people meant when they said they should fix the damn road? If it makes you feel like a man to to be snarky toward peoples pain and slander the dead, more power to you. You live in america. Obivously you don't care about this because your a troll. But just know that wentzville finds you to be incredibly weak. And can guarantee you are a incredibly meek in person as well.

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