Merle Norvell, 82, of Webb City killed in traffic accident near Oronogo.

At approximately 12:15 pm on Saturday, May 12, Merle Norvell, 82, of Webb City was killed in a traffic accident on Missouri State Highway 96 west of Oronogo. Mr. Norvell was apparently attempting to make a turn when he was struck from behind at a high rate of speed by John Wilkins, 84, of Oronogo. Mr. Norvell was not wearing his safety-belt and was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. The car flipped, before coming to a rest on the roadside. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Mr. Norvell was rushed from the scene by EMS but later pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

Traffic fatalities are never easy for the families of those involved. We at the law offices of Kevin J. Roach extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Norvell.

The Legal Claims

Missouri offers a broad system of personal injury laws meant to protect parties who are injured through another person’s negligent actions. Here, depending on a determination of fault, the person seeking compensation will be entitled to payment for any lost wages, pain and suffering, and any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident that are not a result of their own negligence. Further, the family of Mr. Norvell may have a wrongful death claim that will allow them to recover the losses he suffered before he passed, as well as their own loss of society and companionship with the deceased.


If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, consult the personal injury experts at the law offices of Kevin J. Roach, (866) 519-0085, today.