Highway 17 is blocked by emergency response vehicles and other vehicles following a crash late Thursday afternoon that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist from Michigan.

A Michigan man was killed Thursday afternoon when his northbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve and struck a vehicle, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. 

Cpl. Terry Nelson said James M. Phillippi, 25, of Bay City, Mich., was killed last Thursday when his motorcycle traveled across Highway 17 about three miles north of Success and struck a southbound 2011 Ford Flex driven by John D. Holland, 64, of Houston.

Phillippi was ejected from the motorcycle and struck a southbound 2009 Ford F-350 operated by Thomas C. Medlock, 59, of Licking. The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Thomas Whittaker and his body was taken to Evans Funeral Home of Houston. 

Nelson said the three drivers were all wearing seat belts. The motorcycle was totaled, and the car had extensive damage. It’s the second time in less than a week that a motorcyclist has been killed on a county highway.

Assisting at the scene were Tpr. Jacob Sellers and Sgt. George Falterman. The Roby Fire Department responded with medical personnel and fire apparatus to assist with traffic control providing for the safety of all those involved.

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