CLAY COUNTY — A failed negotiated curve led to the death of a 25-year-old man from Lathrop in a wreck that occurred before 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10, near Holt.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report states the accident happened at 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Missouri Highway 33 and Route CC when Jesse A. Walker failed to negotiate the sharp curve in a 2004 Dodge Neon. The report states the car ran off the road and struck a tree, ejecting Walker, who was not wearing a seat belt.
Medical Examiner Kaela McKenzie pronounced Walker deceased at the scene.
A passenger in the car, Koty R. Walker, 25, of Cameron was wearing a seat belt. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.
A fundraiser to help pay the cost of funeral expenses for Jesse Walker will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March, 13, at Betty’s Place, a restaurant located in the 4000 block of Route PP in Holt. Monetary donations will also be accepted by phone at 264-0141.
“It is with heavy heavy heart that we are writing this but we can rejoice that we can help ... My best friend and classmate lost her son in a tragic car accident. Jesse Walker was way too young,” Betty Garton, owner of Betty’s Place wrote on Facebook Sunday, March 11. “We are having a benefit day at Betty’s Place to help cover the cost of his final resting place. Darren and Jill, his parents; and Scott, his brother, can use all prayers at this time also.”
After learning of the incident, Kearney police officer Sgt. Joe Kantola posted a letter to Facebook on Sunday, March 11, addressed to the Missouri Department of Transportation, urging the state department to look into making the roadway safer.
“Last night another young adult tragically died on a very dangerous section of a Missouri state highway. I do not know all the facts regarding this particular accident, but I do know that it has been the scene of many terrible accidents over the years,” he wrote. “Can you please look into making this roadway safer? Maybe installing rumble strips in the roadway to warn people of the dangerous curve/hill/intersection ahead, reducing the speed limit for this section of roadway; and installing guardrails to prevent the vehicles from traveling off the roadway?”
The letter received several likes and shares.