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Leadwood, Mo., police chief dies of injuries from police car crash
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Leadwood, Mo., police chief dies of injuries from police car crash


Leadwood Police Department. Photo from the department's Facebook page.

LEADWOOD, Mo. • Leadwood Police Chief Jerry E. Hicks died Sunday of injuries he suffered Tuesday when his patrol car slid on ice and struck a tree, the Missouri Highway Patrol says.

The patrol says Hicks, 69, of Bonne Terre, Mo., died at about 5 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur.

Hicks had been driving a Leadwood police car at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when it slid on ice and struck a tree along Missouri Highway 8 near Railroad Road, according to the patrol's report.

Mayor Dennis Parks said Hicks suffered a head injury. Hicks was not been wearing a seatbelt when a highway patrol trooper arrived, the patrol said. But his son told the Park Hills Daily Journal that Hicks had injuries consistent with wearing a seatbelt and said he may have been able to take the seatbelt off after the crash.

Leadwood is about 55 miles southwest of St. Louis. 

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