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Matthews, MO – Howard Melton Killed in Multi-Vehicle Wreck on US-61

Categorized as Auto Accidents, Wrongful Death

Matthews, MO (November 8, 2022) – A traffic collision occurred in New Madrid County that resulted in injuries. At around 10:25 a.m., on November 7, the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a crash involving multiple vehicles that occurred on US Highway 61.

According to reports, a 2001 Ford Ranger was involved in a collision with a 2005 Chevrolet Impala on US Highway 61 in Matthews, Missouri. The impact of the crash caused the Chevrolet to then strike a 2016 Kia Soul. A 2019 Ford Taurus was then struck by crash debris that was on the roadway. The Kia, Chevrolet, and Ford Ranger all had to be towed from the scene of the accident.

The driver of the Ford Ranger, 88-year-old Howard Melton of Matthews, Missouri, was fatally injured in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on site by New Madrid County coroner George Delisle.

Two other victims involved in the accident, identified as 19-year-old Miranda Norman and 22-year-old Macie Patrick, were both injured in the crash. The two victims were transported to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Missouri.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

We hope Miranda Norman and Macie Patrick recover quickly following this accident.

Our condolences are with the family of Howard Melton at this time.

Fatal Car Accidents in Missouri

Matthews, MO - Howard Melton Killed in Multi-Vehicle Wreck on US-61Fatal crashes in Missouri take the lives of hundreds of people annually. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable. We see countless innocent people die as a result of drivers who engage in negligent and reckless actions. Leading causes of fatal collisions that we see in our state include distractions, drivers who fail to yield, and drivers who run red lights and pass stop signs

Distractions can come in many forms, but they all increase the risk of an accident. texting while driving, talking on the phone, eating or drinking, and even talking to passengers can all take your attention away from the road.

Failing to yield is another major cause of fatal accidents. When you fail to yield, you’re essentially putting yourself and others in danger by not following the basic rules of the road.

Running red lights and passing stop signs are also incredibly dangerous actions that continue to cause fatal crashes annually. Not only are you breaking the law when you do this, but you’re also putting yourself and others at risk of being involved in a serious collision.

These are just some of the most common causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. If your loved one has lost their life as a result of the collision, a wrongful death lawyer in Matthews can help your family get justice.

Our car accident lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C. have extensive experience helping families get justice. Our team can help your family pursue legal action after losing a loved one. We will build a strong case on your behalf and demand compensation to cover all of the losses and damages you face. Schedule a consultation with our team today at 816-888-8888 to get started.

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Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the Kansas City, Missouri business community, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is always looking to increase the safety of and bring overall safety for all Missouri residents. We hope that by bringing awareness to the dangers associated with driving that people will exercise additional caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being injured in a serious crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. This post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.