Posted On: March 7, 2012 by Ryan Bradley

Rolla Man Killed in Fatal Missouri Head On Collision

A man from Rolla, Missouri was killed in a Missouri front impact car accident. The accident injured four other people.

The accident occurred when a teenager from Cuba, Missouri attempted to pass two other vehicles on a hill in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. The Grand Prix slammed into a 2002 Ford Escort, driven By Robert N. Sexton of Rolla, Missouri. Sexton was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

One of Sexton’s passengers – Sherri L. Hill, 54 - was seriously injured in the accident. Hill was flown to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for medical treatment. Three teenagers – Jeremy A. Ottermann, Michael T. Marino, and Joseph D. Alvey - who rode in the Ford were injured. Ottermann was flown to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Marino was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri. Alvey was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Missouri.

Studies indicate that a substantial portion of head on collisions are caused by attempts to pass. Head on collisions caused by failed passing attempts are particularly common in rural areas. Rural drivers often have to drive on long, undivided roads. Rural drivers are tempted to pass slow drivers, but passing may lead to a head on collision.

Responsible rural drivers know not to attempt to pass vehicles when it is difficult to see ahead on the road. Hill crests are too dangerous to attempt a pass, since drivers cannot see over the hill. Curved roads obscured by trees and other foliage are also too dangerous to attempt a pass. When rural drivers attempt a pass in a dangerous situation, they can be held accountable for their negligent conduct. If you are injured in a head on collision because another driver attempts a dangerous pass, contact an experienced Missouri car accident lawyer immediately.