Holly Willoughby of Vandalia was recently charged with careless and imprudent driving after a Nov. 29 crash on U.S. Highway 54 in which the Ford Focus she was driving rear-ended an Audrain County Sheriff’s Department vehicle.
Trooper Curt Wilt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said she was on a cellular device at the time of the crash. Willoughby was given a citation with a court date, he said. Information on her court date was not available as of late Tuesday morning through Missouri Casenet.
The crash occurred at 4:57 p.m. Nov. 29 when Audrain County Sheriff Deputy Justin Landis was stopped on Highway 54 at Van-Far High School waiting to turn left. According to a Facebook post from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, Willoughby was driving at near-highway speeds when the Focus crashed into the rear of department’s Ford Explorer.
The impact broke the seat and headrest of the Explorer and Landis had minor injuries which were examined at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital — Audrain. He was transported by Van-Far Ambulance to the hospital. Willoughby also had minor injuries and was transported to SSM by a private vehicle. Both were wearing a seat belt, according to a MSHP report.