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Careless and inattentive driving leads to two area deaths – August 17, 2011

An 18 year old man from Poplar Bluff was killed on Sunday when the scooter he was riding was hit from behind by a dark blue truck.  Alexander Metzing was riding about three miles south of Poplar Bluff on Hwy 142 at Half Moon Lane in Butler County, Missouri.   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred as Mr. Metzing was slowing to make a right hand turn. The vehicle that struck the teen left the scene of the accident.  The police have arrested a man from Neelyville  in connection with  the fatal accident.


In Franklin County, Missouri a 63 year old Wildwood man, Jonnie McIntyre, was killed on Friday when he was riding his 2005 Harley Davidson westbound on Missouri Highway 100 at West Osage.   He was hit head- on when a driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, Charles Mauzy of Fenton, was heading the opposite direction and failed to yield when making a left turn. The front of the Silverado struck the front of the oncoming motorcycle.  Mr. McIntyre was taken to St. Johns Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Franklin County Prosecutors are deciding whether or not to press charges in the fatal accident.


Every year motorcycle deaths across the country seem to increase with over 5000 deaths in 2007 and 2008. One simple moment of inattention by a careless driver, as in these tragic cases, illustrates the added danger to motorcyclists who don’t have the same safety equipment protecting them that automobiles or other vehicles have.   Please be careful when on the same road as motorcycles and if you ride a motorcycle, wear your helmet and protective gear and please watch out for the other guy.

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