Missouri Man Killed in Head-On Collision in Crawford County

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When one driver crossed the centerline, he crashed into oncoming traffic, was killed and caused serious injuries for his victim on Highway 19 in Crawford County.

On January 2, 2012 at approximately 6:03 P.M., 20-year-old Micah Tate from Cuba, Missouri was heading north on Highway 19/Highway O at the south edge of Cuba in a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro. At said time and place, Wayne Taylor, age 44, from Steelville, Missouri was heading south in a 1994 Ford Ranger. Neither drivers had passengers at this time.

The crash occurred when Taylor crossed the centerline and struck Tate in a head-on collision. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway after the crash. Taylor was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and it is unknown if Tate was.

The victim, Micah Tate, suffered serious injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by North Crawford County Ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Missouri. Taylor was killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Crawford County Coroner, Paul Hutson. The next-of-kin was notified and he was taken to Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville.

Tate’s Chevrolet Camaro received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Miles & Sons Towing, Inc. of Cuba, Missouri. Taylor’s Ford Ranger received total damage and was also towed by Miles & Sons Towing, Inc. of Cuba.

This investigation was led by Corporal Robert May of Troop I in Crawford County. This was the first fatality crash of Troop I in 2012.


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