LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- John D. Wright, 54, died Friday evening and his passenger, Deborah L.  Thompson, 59, was seriously injured in a crash on Route HH, east of Hwy 5, Friday night.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened when the Honda Goldwing driven by Wright failed to negotiate a curve, went off of the road and ejected both occupants.

Thompson was flown by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

Wright was taken to Holman Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon after being declared deceased at the accident site by Coroner Steve Murrell. Next of kin have been notified.

Trooper Ice responded to the scene at 5:46 p.m.

MSHP Troop I, headquartered in Rolla said this was the 21st fatal accident they have investigated this year.

A single vehicle crash in Phelps County also killed two individuals Friday morning.

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