Five area motorists injured in three crashes in county

A New Haven man, Delmar W. Jones, 54, was seriously injured at 7:40 p.m. Saturday in one of three motor vehicle crashes investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol since early Friday morning.

Jones was a passenger in a 1997 Plymouth Voyager driven by Dixie A. Hale, 76, which went off the right side of Route H, south of Highway 19, struck an embankment over-turned. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital-Columbia for treatment, Trooper Drew O’Brien reported.

Hale and her other passenger, Donald A. Hale, were both taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital Washington with moderate injuries. Hale was driving south on Route H. The Hales both wore seat belts. Jones did not.

At 9:40 a.m. Nov. 4, Barbara L. Willsey, 70, Owensville, drove a 1999 Toyota 4Runner off the right side of Route ZZ, one mile east of Highway 19, and struck a fence and trees. She was taken by ambulance to Mercy Washington with minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt as she traveled westbound on ZZ, according to Sgt. Kent Kreftmeyer’s report.

At 6:38 a.m. Friday, Keith E. Collins, 52, Owensville, received minor injuries when the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox he was driving struck the rear end of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado on Highway 19, 1.7 miles south of Route H. Collins was taken by ambulance to Mercy Washington for treatment of minor injuries. Ricky N. Dobson, 59, of Hermann, driver of the pickup truck, was not hurt. Both men were traveling northbound and both were wearing seat belts, according to Cpl. Coby Holzschuh’s report.

At 1:24 a.m. Sunday, the MSHP arrested Gregory A. Hicks, 21, of Belle, on allegations of DWI and failure to drive on the right half of the road.