Posted On: June 28, 2009 by Ryan Bradley

Camden County, Missouri car accident kills teen

Eric Benda Jr., 16, was killed and five others were injured in a two car crash Sunday morning on Missouri 5.

The Missouri car crash took place at the intersection of Missouri 5 and the Old Route 5 cut through. Eric Benda Sr., 39, was driving a 1997 Mitsubishi southbound and was approaching the intersection at the same time as a northbound 2006 Honda. Sharon King, 67, the driver of the Honda, attempted to make a left turn onto Old Route 5 and pulled in the path of Benda’s car. The two cars collided nearly head on.

Eric Benda Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. Eric Benda Sr. and two other passengers in the Mitsubishi, Gregory Benda, 15, and Tanner Zeitvogel, 15, were injured and taken local hospitals for treatment. Sharon King and her passenger, Larry King, 60, were also taken to local hospitals for moderate injuries.

None of the people riding in the Mitsubishi were wearing a seat belt.

The initial crash report filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol seems to say that King’s driving is to blame for the accident. The details in the initial crash report are not usually recognized as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit, however, so a Missouri car crash attorney should be contacted to perform further investigation.

Though none of the people in the Mitsubishi were wearing a seat belt, under Missouri law this fact may not be used as evidence of comparative fault in a personal injury lawsuit.