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Doniphan, MO – Hank Stufflebeam Killed in Pedestrian Crash on US-160

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Doniphan, MO (October 26, 2022) – A pedestrian accident reported in Ripley County claimed the life of a 70-year-old man. On October 23, the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a major motor vehicle accident on US Highway 160.

According to local law enforcement, just after 8 p.m., a 2001 Dodge ram 3500 pickup truck was traveling on US Highway 160 when it struck a pedestrian just five miles east of Doniphan, Missouri.

The pedestrian, identified as 70-year-old Hanks Stufflebeam of Doniphan, Missouri, was severely injured in the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

At this time, the incident remains under investigation.

We offer our condolences to the family of Hank Stufflebeam at this time.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Missouri

Doniphan, MO – Hank Stufflebeam Killed in Pedestrian Crash on US-160Pedestrian crashes in the United States took the lives of nearly 7500 people in 2021. Year after year, these crashes take the lives of thousands of innocent people. In many instances, pedestrian crashes are caused by drivers who engage in acts of negligence. Leading factors include:

  • Speeding: Speeding is one of the most common causes of pedestrian crashes in our state. When drivers exceed the posted speed limit or drive too fast for the conditions, they put themselves and others at risk.
  • Impaired Driving: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and dangerous. Impaired drivers have slowed reaction times and impaired judgment, which can lead to serious accidents involving pedestrians.
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. This can include things like talking on the phone, eating, or even changing the radio station. Distracted driving is becoming increasingly common with the dramatic increase in the use of cell phones and other devices. Unfortunately, drivers who are distracted are unlikely to see pedestrians in the area.
  • Fatigued Driving: Fatigued driving occurs when a driver is too tired to stay focused on the road. This can be caused by lack of sleep, working long hours, or taking medications that cause drowsiness. Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving and can have dangerous consequences for pedestrians.

If your loved one has died as a result of a pedestrian accident, your family may be able to pursue legal action against the driver who is responsible. A wrongful death lawyer in Doniphan can help you pursue legal action following the loss of your loved one.

At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our pedestrian accident lawyers have extensive experience helping families get justice after fatal pedestrian crashes. For decades, we have stood by the sides of families to ensure they are able to get the compensation they need for funeral costs, burial expenses, and more. Our team will fight diligently to ensure your family is able to get justice. Schedule a free consultation with our team today at 816-888-8888.

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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.