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I-64 accident survivor identified as O’Fallon resident

This is all that remains of Shawn McClanahan’s Ford Focus after it was hit by a driver going the wrong way on eastbound I-64. Both drivers are hospitalized in serious but stable condition. [Chesterfield Police Department photo]

Family members of O’Fallon resident Shawn McClanahan, the driver of a car struck head-on by an allegedly drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 64 on March 6, have created a GoFundMe account to raise money for his medical and other expenses.

Sgt. Keith Rider of the Chesterfield Police Department said both drivers remain in serious but stable condition. Firefighters had to slice off the roof of McClanahan’s Ford Focus to get him out. The collision happened near the Chesterfield Airport Road exit in the eastbound lanes.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gates verified that McClanahan, 29, works as a MoDOT electrician. According to McClanahan’s GoFundMe page, he was hit while driving to work. A description on the page indicates that he suffered a broken femur in two places and a fractured hip. McClanahan is expected to have a long recovery. The GoFundMe message goes on to ask for funding to help his sons, ages 4 and 7.

As of March 10, $6,436 had been donated toward a goal of $10,000.

Rider said the accident occurred around 4 a.m. While police initially reported that the other driver had been ejected, they now say he was lying on the road next to his vehicle when police arrived on the scene. Police have not released the name of the other driver and said it may be several weeks before police file charges against him. Capt. Steve Lewis said they are awaiting toxicology test results for the SUV driver. After they arrive, Chesterfield Police will likely seek warrants from the county prosecuting attorney’s office.

Police are trying to determine where the SUV driver entered the eastbound lanes. Someone called 911 to report a wrong-way driver near Clarkson Road and I-64 before the accident.

A Chesterfield Police Department Facebook post shows five photos from the crash site and had nearly 2,000 views by March 8.

“We are posting these pictures to stress the seriousness of what can happen if you drink and drive,” the department’s post read. “One lapse of judgment can cost you your own life and innocent people’s lives, too.”

Shawn McClanhan, [rear] in an undated family photo. [GoFundMe page photo]

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