Two fatality accidents

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By SHARON KIESEL

On June 28th, at approximately 10:30 in the morning, units from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Miami County EMS, Drexel Fire and Louisburg Fire were dispatched to a one vehicle crash (pictured right) on W. 359th east of Rockville Rd. in rural Miami County, and approximately 1 mile west of Drexel.

Preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Jacob Ott of Garden City, MO, was eastbound on west 359th when the right tires of the vehicle ran off the road. The driver overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle striking a bridge abutment. The passenger, 18-year-old Brandon Phillips of Archie, MO, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ott was flown to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. The vehicle crash is still under investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

An Adrian woman died and two men were injured in a two vehicle accident (pictured far right) in Bates County, Saturday, July 3, 2010. The accident occurred at 2:15 a.m. on U.S. 71 Highway at County Route E.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as the driver of an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet, Donald R. Richter, 33, of Adrian, failed to yield to a 2011 International tractor-trailer truck. The truck, driven by Simon E. Worrell, 41, of Dover Arkansas, struck the Chevrolet in the front passenger side door.

Richter received moderate injuries and was transported by the Life Flight Air Ambulance to the Research Kansas City Medical Center. A passenger in the vehicle, Sonya Richter, 43, of Adrian was pronounced dead at the scene by Bates County Coroner, Gary Schowengerdt. Richter’s body was taken to the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler. Worrell received minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and released.

The accident was investigated by Bates County State Trooper Cody Dunfee and the Highway Patrol Crash Team, Sgt. G.Q. Billings and CVO G.N. Hall. They were assisted by the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.