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Douglas County Records First Traffic Fatality of New Year

Ray Hicks, 32, of Ava, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, when this pickup he was driving ran off Route N south of Squires and overturned.

Ray Hicks, 32, of Ava, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, when this pickup he was driving ran off Route N south of Squires and overturned.

The first traffic fatality of 2013 for Troop G and in Douglas County occurred south of Squires early Tuesday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Ray B. Hicks, 32, of Ava,died when the pickup he was driving ran off Douglas County Route N, three miles south of Squires and overturned, partially ejecting the driver.
Trooper Daniel Johnson recorded the time of the crash to be 1:30 a.m. although the wreck was not located until around 8 a.m.
Rescue squads from Squires and City of Ava fire departments assisted Cox EMS personnel in removing the victim from the 1992 Chevrolet pickup.
Cpl. Brian Thompson of the Highway Patrol also assisted with the investigation.
Hicks was pronounced dead at 8:28 a.m. by Douglas County Coroner Rick Miller.
The body was taken to Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava. Funeral arrangements will be by Clinkingbeards in Gainesville.
A Mansfield man faces several charges after he was involved in a fatal crash on U.S. 60 just west of Norwood on Dec. 30, at 2 a.m.
The Highway Patrol said a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Christopher R. Fields, 36, of Mansfield, ran into the rear a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Ashlea R. Harper, 27, of Kirbyville.
The impact caused the Harper pickup to run off the right side of the roadway where it struck a dirt embankment and overturned numerous times, ejecting the driver.
After the Fields vehicle came to a stop off the right side of the roadway, Fields fled the scene on foot but was located and arrested a short time later.
He was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, by Mercy Ambulance, with minor injuries.
Harper was pronounced dead at 3:13 a.m. by Dr. Jacob Spain of Mercy Hospital. The body was taken to Craig Hurtt Funeral Home in Mtn. Grove.
This was the fourth fatality for the month of December and the 38th of the year in Troop G.
Fields was cited by the Highway Patrol for involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely and littering.

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