A Wright County wreck claimed a Mansfield man early Saturday at his hometown, the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a southbound 2007 GMC Sierra driven on Business 60 by Kody L. Skaggs, 21, crossed the center of the roadway, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a 2020 Ford F-150 that was parked off the roadway by Mansfield officer Michael S. Bryson, 39, of Hartville.  A passenger in the Ford, Justin L. Sanders, 31, of Mansfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. He is a Mansfield firefighter, according to the city’s police department. Bryson had serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cox South in Springfield.

Next of kin has been notified following the 12:45 a.m. accident. Both vehicles were totaled.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Skaggs is charged with felony DWI – death of another person, felony first-degree assault, careless and imprudent driving and wearing no seat belt. He is held in the Wright County Jail, the patrol said.

It is the sixth fatality for 2023 in Troop G; compared to the same number last year.

Services for fireman/EMS worker Sanders (pictured) are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mansfield. A masonic service begins at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Visitation is 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A GoFundMe campaign to help Bryson has been launched.

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