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Martinsburg man killed in automobile accident

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

The Knipfel family was dealt a tragic loss this past week when 47-year-old Paul Knipfel, of Martinsburg, was killed in a two vehicle fatality accident on Highway H, five miles north of Center on June 23.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crash Report, Knipfel was driving his 2005 Pontiac Grand Am when he reportedly failed to stop at an intersection. He drove his vehicle into the pathway of a 2009 Mazda III that was driven by Tammy Relford, age 50, of New London.

Knipfel’s car was struck in the driver’s side door. He was pronounced date at 11:38 a.m. His body was transported to Meyers Funeral Home in Wellsville.

The fatality was the 16th for Troop B in 2012.

Relford suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Other accidents

On June 19, two Mexico drivers suffered minor injuries when their vehicle ran off the left side of a private drive before crossing back over the right side of the roadway and striking a ditch.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crash Report, 63-year-old Willie Thomas wrecked his 2009 Pontiac Torrento just 200 feet north of Elmwood Dr. in Mexico, Mo. at around 9 p.m.

Both he and a 12-year-old passenger were transported to Audrain Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.

On June 25, two area women suffered moderate injuries when involved in an accident on Route UU, west of Pike County Road 162.


At 12:55 p.m., a vehicle driven by Charlotte Kerns, age 69, of Curryville reportedly traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. Both Kerns and her passenger Brenda Peak, age 45, were transported to Pike County Memorial by Pike County EMS.