Passenger Killed in One-vehicle Crash

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In Webster County, a woman of Marshfield, Missouri is killed after ejecting from the vehicle.

On November 17, 2012 at approximately 3:35 p.m., Timothy Wright, age 33 from Marshfield, Missouri was operating a 2002 Ford Taurus Station Wagon. Janice Heatherly, age 41 from Marshfield, Missouri was the passenger in Timothy Wright’s vehicle.

At that said time and place, Timothy Wright was traveling in the westbound direction on route OO and two miles west of Marshfield. The crash occurred as Timothy traveled off the road and went airborne. The vehicle overturned and ejected both passengers.

Janice Heatherly was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner, Robby Jernigan, and then taken to Fraker Funeral Home in Marshfield, Missouri. Timothy Wright received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, neither Janice Heatherly nor Timothy Wright was wearing their seat belts during the time of the crash. Timothy Wright was tested for alcohol.

Timothy Wright’s 2002 Ford Taurus received total damages and was towed by Marshfield Towing.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop D and the Major Crash Investigation Unit. This is troop D’s 85th fatality for the year of 2012.


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