Three Residents of Barry County Were Injured in One-vehicle Crash

091911 tree crash.png

In Barry County, three young adults were left with moderate and serious injuries from striking a tree with their vehicle.

On September 17, 2011 at approximately 3:00 a.m., 24 year old driver, Harold Hawkins was operating a 1988 Ford Truck and was traveling eastbound on Country Road 2175 at Country Road 1160, 3 miles east of Cassville, Missouri. The two other occupants along with Hawkins are; 23 year old Charles Diediker, and 21 year old Josh Hudson. All three are residents of Cassville, Missouri.

At that said time and place, Hawkins was traveling eastbound on Country Road 1160 and suddenly slid off the left side of the roadway, causing him to hit a tree.

Hawkins and the two other occupants left the scene of the crash and were located at another location. From the second location, an ambulance transported them to St. John’s Hospital.

The driver, Hawkins, received moderate injuries and refused medical treatment. Occupant, Diedkier, also received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital. As for the second occupant, Hudson, he sustained very serious injuries and was also taken by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Cassville, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated that all occupants of this crash were not wearing their safety devices.

Harold Hawkin’s 1988 Ford Truck received total damages from striking into the tree. His vehicle was towed by Brice’s Towing in Cassville.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Sergeant #292, Gary Horton of Troop D were and still are under investigation of this auto-crash.


The A.W. Smith Law Firm in Columbia handles auto crash and serious injury cases all over the State of Missouri. If you have questions about how to choose a law firm that is equipped to handle your auto crash or serious injury case, please contact us today at 573-443-7300 or visit our website at The A.W. Smith Law Firm has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts in serious injury and wrongful death cases.