One Fatality and Two Injured in Four-vehicle Crash

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In Knox County, a Kirksville, Missouri resident was killed and two other drivers were injured after a four-vehicle crash Tuesday evening.

On January 17, 2012 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Ira Hoover, age 40 and of Hurdland, Missouri was operating a 2003 Chevrolet and traveling in the eastbound direction on Highway 11. The second vehicle involved in this crash is Troy Lawrence, age 37 and of Kirksville, Missouri as he was operating a 2001 Ford traveling in the westbound direction of Highway 11. A third vehicle involved in this crash is Joseph Fulk, age 54 and of Memphis, Missouri. Joseph was operating a 2006 Ford and traveling in the eastbound direction. The fourth vehicle that participated in this crash is Joseph Shaver, age 26 and of Brashear, Missouri as he was operating a 2004 Pontiac and traveling in the westbound direction on Highway 11.

At that said time and place, Ira Hoover was stopped on Highway 11, two miles west of Baring and route P, as he was attempting to make a left turn into a private driveway. Troy Lawrence was traveling westbound on that same road and failed to stop as he then struck Ira’s vehicle in the rear. The crash caused Troy to travel across the roadway and enter into oncoming traffic when he then collided with Fulk’s vehicle head-on. Then a vehicle driven by Joseph Shaver collided with Troy’s vehicle on the driver’s side, causing it to go off the roadway and come to a final rest.

Troy Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Knox County coroner, Jeff Doss. For handling initial arrangements, Lawrence was transported to the Travis Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, Missouri.

Due to the head-on collision with Troy Lawrence, Joseph Fulk sustained moderate injuries from thecrash. Fulk was transported by an air evacuation team to the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri where he would receive treatment for his medical conditions. Joseph Shaver received minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene of the crash and was soon released afterwards.

Ira Hoover’s 2003 Chevrolet received minor damages and was able to drive his vehicle from the scene of the crash. Troy’s 2001 Ford and Fulk’s 2006 Ford received total damages and both were towed by Lakeside Towing in Memphis, Missouri. Joseph Shaver’s 2004 Pontiac received moderate damages and was later towed by a private vehicle.

This fatalitycrash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Sergeant T.R. Rohn, Corporal N.J. Shinkle, trooper K. M. Hoover of troop B, Knox and Adair County Sheriffs and Fire Departments, ambulance services, and Missouri’s Air Evacuation Team. This is Troop B’s third fatality for the year of 2012.



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