Head-On St. Peters Crash Kills Ruth Thimmig, 91, Donald Gemienhart, 90; Charges Expected

A 91-year-old woman and 90-year-old man have both died after a head-on collision in St. Peters.

The St. Peters Police Department is still investigating the fatal crash that happened on Saturday around 5 p.m. when officials say a 42-year-old female driver crossed a center lane of traffic and struck another vehicle head-on. The passenger in the car that was hit was Ruth Thimming, 91, who was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead soon after.

Yesterday the driver, Donald Gemienhart, 90, also died from his injuries, police say.

An online obituary says the two were companions.

The 42-year-old driver in the other car was also injured in the accident and is currently receiving treatment but is expected to survive.

Police don't have many details about possible criminality, but say that they expect to issue charges in the next couple of weeks.

The crash took place at Willott Road and Crescent Hills.

Police say that Thimmig was a resident at the Oak Tree Village, a retirement living community. There aren't many details about the two, but news reports say they were friends.

An obituary for Thimmig describes her as a companion of Gemienhart and says that she served in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the Marine Corps League for many years.

Here's the full announcement from St. Peters police:

St. Peters, 04/16/13: St. Peters Police Department is still investigating a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday, April 13th at approximately 5:00 pm at Willott Road and Crescent Hills. The initial investigation reveals a 42 year old female driver of a 2009 Honda Civic, crossed the center lane of traffic on Willott Road, striking a 2012 Chevy Sonic, head-on. The passenger of the Chevy was conveyed to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was identified as:

Thimmig, Ruth

W/F 91 years old

St. Peters Resident at Oak Tree Village Retirement Living

The driver of the Chevy was also immediately conveyed to the hospital on Saturday and died from his injuries early this morning at St. Joseph's East. He was identified as:

Gemienhart, Donald

W/M 90 years old

St. Charles Resident

The driver of the Honda was also injured in the accident and is currently receiving treatment at an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

St. Peters Accident Reconstructionists and the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating the accident and charges may be sought pending the outcome of the investigation. Due to this being an active investigation, our department cannot discuss any more specifics regarding the case until charges are issued, which is expected in the next couple of weeks. An updated press release will be sent at that time.

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