Man dies from injuries suffered in crash near Wartburg

A 25-year-old Waterloo man has died from serious injuries sustained in a crash early Saturday morning. Joey Miller was flown by ARCH Air Medical Services helicopter to Saint Louis University Hospital following a single-car crash on Maeystown Road about one mile south of Wartburg around 12:20 a.m. Saturday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Monroe County EMS and the Waterloo Fire Department at the scene.

Waterloo Fire Chief Mark Yeager said the male driver of a Lexus was ejected from his car through its sunroof in the crash. Patrolling in the area, MCSD deputy Dan Hannon first observed the car lying upside down in a ditch with its headlights on and called for assistance, the fire chief said.

Miller was found with serious injuries about 20 feet from the overturned vehicle.

The accident report states Miller was traveling northbound on Maeystown Road in a 2004 Lexus when the car drove onto the right shoulder and swerved back onto the roadway, with an overcorrection by the driver causing the car to slide sideways off the road, striking an embankment. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its roof.

Visitation for Miller is set for 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Quernheim Funeral Home, Waterloo. Funeral services take place 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Surviving relatives include his parents, Larry (Angie) Miller and Rose (Rick) Schuermann, and a young daughter, Adalyn Miller. 


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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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