July 12 Crash Reports


Man killed in Saline wreck

A St. Joseph man was killed in a one-vehicle accident at 7:20 a.m. Saturday in Saline County.

Larry A. Pierce, 60, was driving eastbound on I-70 at the 79.4-mile marker when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, down the embankment, impacting a tree and rolling over on its right side, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Saline County Deputy Chad McReynolds pronounced Pierce dead at the scene.

Reports indicate Pierce was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Sedalia woman seriously injured

A Sedalia woman sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Pettis County.

Anita L. Harmon, 60, was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 65 when a second vehicle driven by Haley N. Hunter, 23, of Sweet Springs, rear-ended Harmon’s vehicle as she was attempting to make a left turn at Hughesville Road. Harmon’s vehicle overturned. Hunter’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the road before coming to rest, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Harmon was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

Reports indicate Harmon was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, but Hunter was not.

Two seriously injured in Pettis

Two Green Ridge residents sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 1:36 p.m. Friday in Pettis County.

John P. Shipps, 75, was driving a motorcycle southbound on in the 31000 block of state Route E when it traveled off the left side of the road. The motorcycle overturned in a ditch. Both Shipps and his passenger, Sharon K. Shipps, 65, of Green Ridge, were ejected, landing underneath the vehicle, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

John Shipps was transported by Air Evac to the University Of Missouri-Columbia Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Sharon Shipps was transported by Life Flight Eagle to University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital.

Reports indicate both the driver and occupant were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Deepwater man hurt in Johnson

A Deepwater man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 10:45 p.m. Friday in Johnson County.

Travis C. Wood, 25, was traveling on County Road SW 1200, approximately six-tenths of a mile west of County Road 321, when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Wood, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment of moderate injuries.

Man seriously injured in Henry

A Creighton man sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 10:45 p.m. Friday in Henry County.

Frederick W. Higginbotham, 33, was driving at 819 Northwest on 1651 County Road when he failed to negotiate the terrain on the Kawasaki 220 he was operating. Higginbotham was ejected from the vehicle, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report.

Higginbotham was transported to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment of serious injuries.

Man hurt in hit-and-run

A Knob Noster man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Johnson County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a 1993 Ford Ranger driven by an unknown person was traveling east on U.S. Highway 50 as Nicholas T. Henson, 35, was driving north on state Route D. Henson was stopped at the intersection, attempting to enter U.S. 50 when the unknown vehicle attempted to turn on Route D. The truck began sliding and struck Henson’s vehicle.

The driver of the truck, which was left off the side of the road, fled the scene before officers and medical personnel arrived on scene.

Henson, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by private vehicle to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg with minor injuries.

Ohio man injured in Saline

An Oak Harbor, Ohio, man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 3:16 a.m. Monday on Saline County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, John W. Walls, 45, was driving a semi-truck east on I-70 at the 80.6-mile marker when he fell asleep at the wheel. His vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and Walls over-corrected, returning the vehicle to the road. It then traveled off the right side of the road, where it struck a ditch and landed on its side.

Walls, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with minor injuries.

Information is taken from preliminary Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved.

— Compiled by Hope Lecchi and Nicole Cooke

Sedalia Democrat

— Compiled by Hope Lecchi and Nicole Cooke

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