Missouri Passenger Killed in Over-Turned Car Crash

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When one driver lost control of his vehicle, it overturned and crashed into a utility pole killing his passenger at the scene in Howell County.

On January 16, 2012 at approximately 11:15 P.M., 29-year-old Jeffery Davidson from West Plains, Missouri was traveling southbound in a 1997 Ford Econoline Van on Missouri Highway 17 about 10 miles south of Mountain View in Howell County. Davidson had one passenger – Sandra Romans, age 48, from West Plains, Missouri.

The crash occurred when Davidson lost control of his vehicle and travelled off the right side of the roadway. He crashed into an embankment, overturned, and crashed into a utility pole. Davidson was wearing his seatbelt at this time. His passenger, Romans, was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of this crash.

Davidson suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Ozark’s Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. Romans was killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Howell County Coroner Tim Cherry at 11:20 P.M. The next-of-kin was notified, and she was transported from the scene of the crash to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains, Missouri. As required by law, the surviving driver was tested for alcohol.

Davidson’s van received total damage was towed from the scene of the crash by Gentleman Jim’s Wrecker of Mountain View, Missouri. Davidson did not have driver’s insurance at this time.

This investigation was led by Sergeant J.A. Cravens of Troop G in Howell County. This was Troop G’s 3rd fatality of the year as compared to number 3 at this same time in the year of 2011.


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