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Assessor's office vehicle crashes on election day
Assessor's office vehicle crashes on election day

This SUV owned by the Pulaski County Assessor's Office was struck on Tuesday, Nov. 4, on Old Route 66 by another vehicle leaving the Star Motel restaurant.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2008) — Two one-vehicle rollover wrecks on Sunday and Monday caused serious injuries to area residents and a two-vehicle wreck on Election Day caused extensive damage to a SUV belonging to the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office.

State troopers reported that Tommy G. Simmons, 18, of Richland, was northbound on Highway 7 in Camden County near the Thaw Branch Creek Bridge at 4 a.m. Sunday driving a 2009 Scion when he ran off the right side of the road, overturned several times, and came back onto the roadway before coming to rest on the roadway.

Simmons’ vehicle was totaled and removed by Bledsoe Towing. Simmons, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Medical Center in Osage Beach. Camden County deputies assisted troopers at the crash scene.

Troopers reported that Simmons was arrested at 5:37 a.m. for driving while intoxicated and for careless and imprudent driving, but released due to his injuries.

A Monday night wreck was originally reported as being just north of the Veterans' Memorial Bridge on Highway 28, but when rescue personnel arrived from the Dixon Rural Fire Protection District and Dixon Ambulance District, they found a 1994 Chevrolet convertible driven by David B. Rock, 18, of Lebanon, had rolled down the east side of a steep embankment south of the bridge. Dixon personnel then called for assistance from the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District since the crash was in their district.

Troopers reported that Rock had been headed toward Dixon on Highway 28 at 9:50 p.m. at a high rate of speed and was unable to negotiate a curve. He ran off the left side of the roadway, became airborne, and struck several trees before his vehicle landed on its top.

The vehicle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing. Rock, who had been wearing his seat belt, was transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Troopers reported there were no citations issued at the time of the crash.

A non-injury crash on Tuesday afternoon wrecked two vehicles in front of the Star Motel in St. Robert.

St. Robert police reported that at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday, Darlene P. Hazzard, 65, of Waynesville, exited the Star Motel parking lot onto Old Route 66 in a 2007 Dodge Caravan when a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by David L. Brown, 42, of Richland, and owned by the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office was westbound on Old Route 66. Hazzard did not see the oncoming vehicle and hit it, causing moderate front-end damage to her Caravan. The crash had enough force that it caused Brown’s vehicle to rotate counterclockwise causing two additional impacts, first with the concrete curbing causing damage to the undercarriage and then to a city stop sign.

The assessor’s vehicle was extensively damaged and removed by Poor Boy’s Towing. Hazzard’s vehicle had moderate damage and was removed by Jack’s Towing.

Neither driver was hurt and an 86-year-old female passenger in Hazzard’s vehicle was also unhurt, though all were checked out by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics.

St. Robert and Waynesville firefighters responded to the scene and assisted with traffic control.

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