One killed, Jacob Bates, two injured, Devin Austin and Dean Berry, in Bollinger County crash

On May 16th at approximately 5:30 am, Jacob Bates, 29, of Puxico, MO, Devin Austin, 22, of Jackson, MO, and Dean Berry, 49, of Friedheim, MO, were involved in an accident that occurred on Route C. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred when Mr. Bates’ vehicle attempted to overtake another vehicle. His vehicle pulled into the westbound lane and struck Mr. Berry’s vehicle head on.  Mr. Bates was pronounced dead at the scene by the Stoddard County Coroner. Mr. Austin sustained minor injuries and Mr. Berry sustained serious injuries. They were transported to nearby hospitals via ambulance for further observation and treatment.

It is always unfortunate when a traffic accident ends in the loss of a life. We at the law offices of Kevin J. Roach extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the parties involved.

The Legal Claims

Missouri offers an all-encompassing 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 his own negligence.


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.