ATV Driver Killed In Crash


In Pulaski County, the driver operating an ATV is pronounced dead when the vehicle became airborne and collided with a tree.

On July 4, 2013 at approximately 2:34 a.m., Timothy Panzar, age 25 of St. Robert, Missouri was operating a 1983 Yamaha ATV along with passenger Erik Kolbow, age 33 of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

At that said date and time, Timothy Panzar was traveling in the northbound direction on Hartford Road and one mile north of Missouri Highway 28. The crash occurred when Timothy traveled off the right side of the roadway, became airborne, collided with a tree and then overturned before coming to a rest in the Big Piney River. Timothy and Erik were both ejected from the ATV into the river.

Timothy Panzar was pronounced dead by Pulaski County coroner, Mikel Hartness, and then transported to Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Erik Kolbow received serious injuries from the crash and was life-flighted by Lifeline Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, neither Timothy nor Erik was wearing safety equipment at the time of the crash.

Timothy Panzar’s 1983 Yamaha ATV received total damages and was towed by Jack’s Towing.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of TroopI. This is Troop I’s 1st fatality for the month of July and 10th fatality for 2013.


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