Fatal accident in South County

On August 15, 2018 at approximately 7:30 AM, St. Louis County Police officers from the South County Precinct responded to an accident near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Denacre Drive.

Upon arrival, officers located two vehicles involved in the accident, a passenger vehicle and a box truck.

Preliminary investigation has revealed the passenger vehicle, a Pontiac Firebird, was traveling northbound on Telegraph Road when it possibly hydroplaned and crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic. That vehicle struck the front end of a box truck, which was traveling southbound on Telegraph Road near its intersection with Denacre Drive.

The only occupant of the Firebird was the driver. He was transported to a local hospital for life-saving treatment, but was later pronounced deceased. He is positively identified as Benjamin Noelle, 20 years of age, of the 1600 block of Morgan Drive in Imperial, Missouri 63052.

The box truck was occupied by a driver, a 52-year-old male, and a passenger, a 47-year-old male. They remained on scene and are cooperating with investigators. The driver suffered a minor injury and the passenger was uninjured.

The accident is under investigation by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons and Accident Reconstruction Unit.

Telegraph Road was closed for approximately four hours for the investigation at the scene.