For further information please contact: Sergeant Mike Watson
(417) 359-1500 ext. 2229
May 12, 2012

EMPHASIS: Patrol Seeks Assistance With Fatal Crash In Vernon County

Between the hours of 1:15 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, a pedestrian, James E. Besaw, 22, of Nevada, Missouri, was struck by an unknown vehicle on 1400 Road, northwest of Nevada, in Vernon County. The Vernon County Coroner’s Office pronounced Besaw dead at the scene. Troopers, along with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, are attempting to locate the driver of the unknown vehicle, which left the crash scene.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in this crash. Anyone with information is urged to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop D Headquarters, at 417-895-6868 or the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 417-283-4400.