Dead are 37-year-old Derek Houle of Bluford and his son, nine-year-old Journey Houle of Mt. Vernon. The two were fatally injured Friday night shortly after 8 p.m. when Derek Houle’s SUV slid on “black ice.”
According to Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger, the vehicle veered off into the center median and became stuck in the mud.
Houle, his son, and 12-year-old Destiny Houle got out of the vehicle and were standing in the median when another westbound vehicle hit the same patch of “black ice” and veered into the median, hitting all three people.
Destiny Houle is alive but seriously injured. She was transferred from Washington County Hospital to Cardinal-Glennon hospital in St. Louis.
Derek and Journey houle were pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Steve Fletcher.
Toxicology tests will be performed and the accident remains under investigation.