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Crews accident still under investigation

Friday, March 14, 2008

The death of an Alton man is still under investigation by state investigators.

Justin M. Crews, 21, of Alton, was killed Feb. 24 when he was thrown from his vehicle. Investigators think he may have been ran over by another vehicle.

Lt. Dale Hicks with Troop G of The Missouri Highway Patrol said March 10 that his department is progressing on the investigation, but that it is not complete.

"The reconstruction of this type of accident take quite a while, Lt. Hicks said. He said a major crash team unit has been sent to the accident site with several officers involved. "There is a lot of detail involved in an accident such as this," he said.

Crews was driving a 1999 Chevrolet when he ran off the road, struck a culvert and overturned.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:21 a.m., three miles east of Alton on Highway 160. Crews was pronounced dead at the scene by Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary at 5 a.m.

It was not clear if Crews was dead before allegedly being hit by another vehicle.

Deputy Coroner Rob Clary said his father was out of town conducting another funeral and he did not know if Crews was stuck after he was thrown from the vehicle.

Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said that the coroner did tell him that Crews died as a result of the accident and not from being ran over.

A couch man, Nickolos E. Morris, 39. was taken by air ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau March 1.

According to officer Dave Huffman with Troop G, Morris was driving a 1997 Mercury Sable at 12:50 a.m. when he ran off the road, overturned and was ejected from the vehicle.

Trooper Huffman reports no seatbelts were in use at the time of the accident.

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