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Six injured, one killed during three separate wrecks on Friday night
DIXON/SAINT ROBERT/PLATO, Mo. (Dec. 12, 2009) — Three separate Friday evening wrecks injured six people and killed one, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The worst of the three wrecks happened on northbound Highway 17 in Texas County about nine miles north of Houston when Russell J. Kane, 26, of Plato, ran his 2006 Chevrolet off the left side of the roadway at 10:49 p.m. and struck a tree, killing himself and totaling his vehicle.

Kane, who had not been wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead by Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker and transported to Evan Funeral Home in Houston. His vehicle was removed by A1 Towing.

Earlier in the evening, a two-vehicle crash on Highway 133 about two miles west of Dixon injured four teenagers, none of whom had been wearing seat belts and three of whom were ejected.

Troopers reported that Taylor W. Carson, 17, of Dixon, had been driving a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire westbound at 8:35 p.m. when he attempted to pass a westbound 2009 Ford Taurus driven by Brent S. Archer, 44, also of Dixon, swerved, and struck Archer’s car. Carson’s Pontiac then rolled over and ran off the roadway, causing moderate injuries to Carson and a passenger, Gage M. Wilson, 18, minor injuries to another passenger, Robert W. Ambrosia, 17, and serious injuries to Rebekah D. Woody, 15, all of Dixon. All four were transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center by Dixon Ambulance District personnel.

Archer, who had been wearing his seat belt, was not hurt but his vehicle sustained extensive damage. Carson’s car was totaled. Both vehicles were removed by Davis Towing of Dixon.

Shortly afterward, one of the three troopers handling the Dixon wreck was called to a crash on Hardwood Road north of St. Robert about a tenth of a mile to the east of Highway Y. Troopers reported that Francine M. Henry, 17, of Devil’s Elbow, had been westbound in a 2002 Pontiac when she drove off the right side of the roadway at 9:21 p.m. and struck a tree.

Neither Henry nor her passenger, Harley L. Brouk, 17, of Dixon, had been wearing their seat belts. Both suffered minor injuries and were transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was removed by Jack’s Towing.

In an unrelated incident, state troopers in Phelps County reported that they arrested Jeremiah N. Cochran, 26, of Dixon, at 12:01 a.m. Friday on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon and additional charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to display valid license plates, no proof of insurance, and no seat belt. Cochran was transported to the Phelps County Jail where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.

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