Holts Summit man dies in traffic accident

Cody M. Ricker, 19, Holts Summit, was killed in a mid-day, two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 54 in Callaway County, at the “Melray” curve just north of the Jefferson City limits and the ABB plant.

The Highway Patrol said Ricker was westbound at 11:45 a.m. when he lost control of his 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and it skidded through the median into the eastbound lanes.

His car was hit by an eastbound 2008 Isuzu van driven by Booker T. Simmons, 31, St. Charles. He was taken to St. Mary’s Health Center for treatment.

Troopers said Simmons was using his seat belt, but Ricker was not.

The patrol said Boone County Medical Examiner pronounced Ricker’s death just a few minutes after the accident.

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