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Car accident injures two and kills one in Missouri

The simple mistakes some people make while driving can be costly. For a 51-year-old Sturgeon, Missouri, man, a poor choice on the road cost him his life and injured two other people. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the tragic car accident took place at the intersection of Highway 63 and Peabody Road on the evening of June 26.

The gentleman at fault was traveling eastbound on Peabody Road when he failed to yield to a vehicle containing an 18-year-old female and a 19-year-old male. The pair had been heading north on Highway 63 when the gentleman collided with them, forcing them off the highway and into a road sign.

The man at fault in the accident was thrown from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the female victim to University Hospital to be treated for her injuries. The male victim sustained minor injuries, but declined a trip to the hospital.

There have been no reports as to whether or not speed, alcohol, or distraction was a factor in the collision. The current condition of the accident victims has also not been released.

It is unfortunate the gentleman at fault in the accident lost his life. However, because the accident was caused by an operator error on his behalf, it is possible the young woman and young man injured in the collision may choose to seek damages from his estate.

According to the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 516 Statutes of Limitation, the party sustaining injuries in an accident has a total of five years to file suit against the faulted driver.

However, because the injured individuals are under the age of 21, the statute of limitations to file may be tolled. If the court tolls the statute of limitations in the case, it will require a suit be filed by the victims' 21st birthday.

Source: Columbia Missourian, "Sturgeon man dies in car crash," Justin Whaley, 27 Jun, 2011.

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