Caulfield man dies after crash with semi truck

Times photo/Bruce Roberts. Lonnie Crisp, 75, of Caulfield, died Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a car-versus-semi-truck crash late Monday afternoon at Highway 5 north and Third Street in Gainesville.

A Caulfield man died Monday evening as the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon in Gainesville. Lonnie Crisp, 75, of Caulfield, was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m. at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, where he was taken by Air Evac following the 4:11 p.m. accident at Highway 5 north and Third Street.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, the crash occurred when a 2015 Fiat 500 driven by Larane Wright, 73, of Zanoni, failed to stop at a stop sign on Third Street and was impacted by a 2011 Volvo semi-tractor driven northbound on Highway 5 by Richard Moscicki, 49, of London, Ontario, Canada. 

Crisp was a passenger in the car driven by Wright, his sister. Wright was taken by Ozark County Ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with what the online report described as “serious” injuries. 

MSHP Trooper D. L. Nash investigated the crash assisted by Cpl. D. J. Johnson and Sgt. S. R. Richardson of the MSHP Major Crash Investigation Unit. The MSHP report said neither Crisp or Wright was wearing a seat belt. The Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the accident. 

No injuries were reported for Moscicki. The semi he was driving was towed by Jim’s Body Shop of Ava. The Fiat was removed from the scene by Ron’s Recovery of Gainesville.

This is the sixth fatal crash since June 29 that either occurred in Ozark County or involved an Ozark County resident. 

On June 29, Caleb Christeson, 24, died in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 95 near Thornfield. Less than a month later, on July 26, a head-on crash on Highway 5 north of Gainesville resulted in the deaths of Danial Klessig, 21, of Gainesville, and Marti Cowherd, 52, and Paul Cowherd, 57, of Higginsville. Kyle Christopher Roberts, 20, of Bakersfield, died in a July 29 crash in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Sam Kirkland, 23, of Caulfield, a Bakersfield High School graduate, died in a two-vehicle crash Aug. 15 near Salem, Arkansas. And on Aug. 22, Dora mail carrier William Christopher Carper, 46, died in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 181 north of Dora in Douglas County.


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