Missouri State Highway Patrol

Two fatalities occurred Saturday in south-central Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

A 5:20 p.m. wreck occurred when a 1999 Dodge Caravan driven by Tangala M. Brown, 64, of Mountain Grove, ran off Highway AD south of Mountain Grove, traveled off the right side of the roadway before striking an embankment. Troopers said she was not wearing a seat belt.

The body was transported to Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home at Cabool.

At 7:05 p.m. a second fatality was reported. Troopers said Michael D. Cooper, 45, of Mountain Grove, was operating a northbound 2010 Dodge 2500 that ran off Girls Town Road north of his hometown and overturned. He was pronounced deceased by a Texas County Memorial Hospital medic. Cooper was an EMT at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt.

The accidents brought the number of fatalities in Troop G to 17 for the year — the identical number of those reported during the same period in 2021.

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  1. I begin to wonder if some of these people aren’t taking their eyes off the road to do some thing on a cell phone if that could be proven by getting phone records it might help others to understand you really can’t text and drive

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