Leadwood Police Chief dies from injuries in car accident

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Posted on December 5, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 5 at 10:10 AM

(KMOV) -- Leadwood, Missouri police Chief, Jerry Hicks, 69, died on Sunday evening due to injuries suffered in a car accident.

Leadwood Police said, on November 29th, Hicks was on duty heading to a Potosi Prison to pick up members of an inmate work crew when he hit an icy patch on State Highway 8 in Washington County.

According to reports, Hicks lost control of his car and hit a tree.  He was transported to Washington County Hospital and later airlifted to St. John's in St. Louis.  He died on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The Missouri Highway Patrol's report shows Hicks was not wearing his seatbelt but the coroner said Hicks' injuries are all consistent with wearing a seatbelt.

Leadwood Police think Hicks' seatbelt may have been cut off by first responders.

Hicks is survived by his adult children.

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