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State Police Say I-64 Rest Area Crash That Killed Two Result of Driver Being Under Influence Of Drugs

By Bruce Kropp

Two people have died and three others have been transferred to St. Louis hospitals for treatment of serious injuries after a pickup truck lost control when traveling through the eastbound rest area of Interstate 64 east of Mt. Vernon, jumped a curve and crashed into a tree. The driver has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks pronounced front seat passenger 24-year-old Holly Fenton of Bluford dead on the scene at 4:07 Tuesday morning. Another passenger, 20-year-old Cody Bidabe of Fairfield, died a short time later at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon and was pronounced dead at 4:43 Tuesday morning. Marks reports both died from blunt force trauma.

State Police identify the driver as 19-year-old Robert Hayes of Bluford. The names of the two other passengers were not immediately available. However, Marks and Jefferson Rural Fire officials say they are from the Wayne County area. State Police say they do not believe those in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts. The investigation is continuing.

A Jefferson County firefighter who responded to the scene was told the vehicle never slowed down when entering the rest area, passed behind all the parked semis, went over the curve and hit a tree head on. He reports firemen freed Bidabe from the wreckage before he was transferred to the hospital where he later died. Fenton was also still in the vehicle and had succumbed to her injuries. 

The driver and two others injured had gotten out of the extended cab pickup on their own before the fire department's arrival. Marks was told the five had gone to the Mt. Vernon Super Wal-mart store to obtain deer hunting permits and were on their way back home when the wreck occurred around 3:22 Tuesday morning.  

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