The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association lost a longtime friend and employee Tuesday, Aug. 9, when Phyllis Slaughter died after the vehicle she was riding in was struck head-on.
Slaughter, a 22-year employee of OOIDA and manager of the Association’s Truck Insurance Department, was riding home from work Tuesday evening with her son, Phillip Randle, who works in OOIDA’s Shipping and Receiving Department.
At approximately 5:10 p.m., a car driven by Shalah McGinnis of Concordia, MO, crossed the center line on Route O south of Lexington, MO, and struck their car head-on. McGinnis died at the scene.
Slaughter died later at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, MO. Randle was taken to Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO, where his family reports he remains in the intensive care unit in stable condition.
While many in OOIDA’s tight-knit family knew of Slaughter’s passing Tuesday night, OOIDA President Jim Johnston informed employees of her death Wednesday morning.
“Phyllis Slaughter, the manager of our truck department, passed away last night in a tragic car accident. She was a valued colleague and dear friend to many of us,” Johnston said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Phillip and all of her family in this time of difficulty and tremendous sorrow.”
Slaughter is survived by her mother, Mable Hawkins; husband, Michael Slaughter of Lexington; sisters Cynthia Bass and husband the Rev. Kenneth Bass of Odessa, and Mary Hawkins of Kansas City; son Phillip Randle of Lexington; daughter Andrea Randle of St. Louis; stepdaughter Jaquenae Randle-Manning, of Indianapolis, IN; uncle John E. Taylor, San Francisco, CA,; great-aunt Jennie Boldridge, Lawrence, KS; foster brother Charles Clark, Independence, MO; three grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.