Michael D Clarke of Blue Eye, Missouri was killed on Wednesday, January 10th 2018 at 10:22 pm in Taney County, Missouri. Clarke is a 57-year-old man.
The crash happened here: 1 mile north of Ridgedale on Ridgedale Road.
In the crash, Clarke was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
FATALITY REPORT-NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED-THIS IS TROOP D’S 2ND FATALITY OF 2018-ACCIDENT OCCURRED AS #1 TRAVELED OFF THE RIGHT EDGE OF THE ROADWAY, RETURNED TO THE ROAD, BEGAN SKIDDING AND SLID OFF THE LEFT EDGE OF THE ROAD. THE VEHICLE TRAVELED DOWN AN EMBANKMENT AND STRUCK TWO TREES HEAD ON. DECEASED WAS PRONOUNCED BY TANEY COUNTY CORONER KEVIN TWEEDY AT THE SCENE AT 2332 HOURS
Clarke's injuries were fatal. Clarke was taken to Cremation of the Ozarks, Hollister, Mo.
The police said the damage to the Green 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Michael Clarke was total. It was removed by All Time Towing of Hollister.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Corporal J Choate of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180019261 to this crash. The highway patrol charges $5.75 for each certified report (certification required for court). But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. The highway patrol is currently backlogged and they state on their website that you will have to wait 10 days and may have to wait an "extended period of time" beyond that for the report. Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted or blacked out.
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Clarke's family may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, family members can recover money for the loss of a loved one—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Clarke's family to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claims, which will help with the recovery. For More Information Watch How Much is My Wrongful Death Claim Worth?.
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