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Four wrecks involve Pulaski County drivers on Memorial Day weekend
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 4, 2009) — Four weekend wrecks in or near Pulaski County sent five people to area hospitals with various injuries, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Two of the wrecks occurred at different location on Highway 28 south of Dixon, which is a construction zone due to ongoing road work.

Troopers reported that Christina M. Mitchell, 33, of Dixon, had been westbound on Highway 28 at 2:20 p.m. Friday when she rounded a curve about six miles south of Dixon, ran her 2000 Ford pickup off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Mitchell, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Dixon Ambulance District personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment. Her pickup sustained moderate damage and was removed by Pro Tow of Dixon.

A Sunday afternoon motorcycle crash on a Highway 28 curve a mile and a half south of Dixon caused only minor injuries to the rider, Donald L. Reiser, 54, of Nixa, but moderate damage to his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Troopers reported that Reiser had been southbound at 1:45 p.m. when he failed to negotiate the curve, travelled across the centerline, and ran off the left side of the roadway before impacting the ground and overturning his motorcycle.

Dixon Ambulance District personnel transported Leiser, who had been wearing his helmet, to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment; his motorcycle was removed from the crash scene by a friend.

Also on Sunday, a motorcycle wreck on Highway J about five miles south of the Jerome exit at mile marker 169 on Interstate 44 seriously injured two Edgar Springs residents.

Troopers reported that Kurt D. Ross, 42, had been southbound on his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle at 8:50 p.m. when he struck a deer and slid off the roadway, ejecting both himself and his passenger, Kristie K. Ross, 41.

Both riders had been wearing their helmets. Kristie Ross was airlifted by the Lifeline helicopter ambulance personnel to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield; Kurt Ross was transported by Phelps County ambulance personnel to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Their motorcycle sustained moderate damage and was removed by the owner.

A crash early on Memorial Day totaled a pickup but caused only minor injuries to the driver.

Troopers reported that James W. Fiatte, 40, of Crocker, had been westbound on Resort Road about three miles south of Crocker at 4:40 a.m. when he ran his 2002 Ford F-150 off the left side of the roadway and struck several trees before coming to rest.

Fiatte, who had not been wearing his seat belt and did not show proof of insurance, was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Medical Center in Lake Ozark. His pickup was removed by Gene’s Wrecker of Crocker.

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