On August 29, Dominic Gustin, age 19, of Mansfield, Mo., was traveling northbound on Hwy. 5, two miles south of Ava, when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a guard rail. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Gustin attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway, traveled off the left side of the highway and struck the guard rail. The vehicle became airborne and hit a tree.
Dominic, driving a 1998 Ford Ranger truck, was wearing a seat belt and only minor injuries were reported. The incident occurred in Douglas County at 4:20 a.m. and was investigated by Trooper D.L. Nash.
Earlier in the week on August 22, a fatal wreck occurred on Mo. 181, 1-1/2 miles north of Dora. According to the report, William C. Carper, age 46, of Dora, Mo., was driving southbound in a 2007 Mini Cooper when the vehicle crossed the centerline, ran off the road and overturned ejecting the driver. Carper, alone in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt.
The accident occurred at 4:00 a.m. in Douglas County, and was investigated by Trooper J. W. Philpott. He was assisted by Corporal N.J. Britt and Corporal J.C. Howell, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.