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Highway 7 crash kills motorcyclist
Highway 7 crash kills motorcyclist

Jack's Towing personnel remove a wrecked motorcycle from Highway 7 south of Richland.
RICHLAND, Mo. (Oct. 10, 2009) — For the second time in a week, emergency personnel closed Highway 7 south of Richland due to a crash that claimed the life of a motorist.

About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, state troopers received reports of three separate crashes, one involving a car that skidded off Interstate 44 at mile marker 150 into the median, one involving a vehicle that crashed into the treeline on Highway 17 about nine miles south of Buckhorn near Sonora Road and Highway E, and the third involving a motorcycle wreck on Highway 7 two miles north of Exit 150.

The other two crashes turned out to be non-injury wrecks, but since state troopers were already responding to other wrecks, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Regina Utley went to the motorcycle crash. Hazelgreen Fire Capt. Ann Price also arrived at the scene and reported that the motorcyclist was alive but needed immediate medical attention and called for Hazelgreen firefighters to set up the Laquey landing zone for an emergency helicopter. That emergency helicopter was later cancelled, however, when Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel arrived and called for Pulaski County Coroner Mikel Hartness and Richland Memorial Chapel to respond. Hartness pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene.

Tri-County firefighters from Richland also assisted at the crash by shutting down Highway 7, which remained closed for nearly two hours while troopers and deputies investigated the crash.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Saturday’s fatal crash happened when Randy L. Fishback, 52, of Richland, was northbound on Highway 7 riding a 2005 Iron Horse motorcycle and passed a northbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Connie L. Shrewsbury, 54, of Waynesville, at the base of a hill. Fishback’s motorcycle overturned, throwing him from the motorcycle into the path of the pickup truck which then struck him.

Fishback had been wearing his helmet and Shrewsbury had been wearing her seat belt, troopers reported.

The motorcycle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing. Shrewsbury’s pickup truck sustained only minor damage and was driven from the scene; she was not hurt by the crash.

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