An auto accident on Friday claimed the life of the mayor of Silex, a small town approximately 70 miles northwest of St. Louis. The accident happened around 7:05 a.m. in Lincoln County when two vehicles collided head-on. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Daniel R. Stone was operating a 2014 Kia Soul on Route E westbound when he crossed the median line and collided with a 2008 Chevrolet Impala near Route RA. The mayor of Silex, 67-year-old David E. Rice was driving the Impala with passenger, 71-year-old Dorothy L. Ford. Authorities pronounced Rice dead at the scene of the accident. Ford and Stone both sustained serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to the hospital. It is unknown what caused the accident, and the Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate the crash.
The Association for Safe International Road Travel estimates that there are around 1.3 million individuals killed in auto accidents around the world each year. In the United States alone, 37,000 people are killed and 2.35 million individuals suffer serious and disabling injuries. A vast majority of all traffic accidents are preventable and are caused by the negligence of others. To hold those responsible for your damages, it is important to consult an auto accident lawyer.
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