Traffic accident ultimately results in Mt. Vernon woman’s death

Steve Chapman

A Mt. Vernon woman who was struck by a vehicle has died. Marsi Cameron Hearne was 48.
According to the accident report filed by the Mt. Vernon Police Department, Hearne was riding a bicycle on Highway 39 on Thursday, July 28, at about 9:30 p.m., when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Jeffery Niehaus, of Mt. Vernon, near the front of the Stop-n-Shop convenience store.
In the report, the investigating officer stated he found Hearne lying on her side on the highway. He rushed to render aid to her; sometime later, a Mercy ambulance arrived and took her to a location from which she was life-flighted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
According to information on a Go Fund Me page set up to help Hearne’s family with expenses related to the incident, the family decided to take her off life support after consulting with doctors about her condition; she died on Sunday, July 31.
The officer spoke with Niehaus, who said he was traveling west on the highway when he heard a thump and saw a woman on the hood of his car. At that point, Niehaus said he came to a stop, at which point the woman rolled off his car and onto the road. He said he then pulled his car over to the shoulder to avoid another accident. Carolyn Niehaus, a passenger in the car, stated that she didn’t witness the collision.
“I don’t know what happened,” she was quoted as saying in the report. “I just laid my head back and closed my eyes, then I heard a noise like we hit something.”
A witness who was driving a vehicle behind Niehaus’s said he heard it happen.
“I was right behind the guy that hit her,” he told the officer. “The speed limit had changed, (and) I hit my brakes because he was slowing down. I heard a loud thump, (and) I thought that he had hit a dog. I pulled into the gas station and (saw) the victim (lying) in the middle of the road.”
The officer stated he took proper measurements and evidence photos as part of his investigation.
Niehaus was given a preliminary breath test (PBT) by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to the report; the PBT returned no signs of intoxicants.
According to information on the Go Fund Me page, Hearne was an organ/tissue donor whose donations will save or help change the lives of up to 75 people. As of press time, the page had raised $9,425 towards a goal of $10,000.


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