Moberly man dies in crash on U.S. 63

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 | 3:22 p.m. CDT; updated 3:03 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Moberly man died Wednesday after his pickup truck overturned in the median on U.S. 63 in Ashland.

While traveling northbound on the highway, William Baker, 57, drifted off to the left into the median at 11:20 a.m., said Cpl. Paul Meyers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. As Baker came up onto the shoulder of the southbound lanes, he turned his 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck back to the right and the vehicle rolled several times, ejecting him out the passenger-side window. Baker was not wearing a seat belt at the time, Meyers said.

Cpl. Mike Fennewald of the Highway Patrol was traveling by and was the first law enforcement officer to arrive at the scene, Meyers said. He immediately began to administer CPR to Baker until paramedics arrived from University Hospital and continued CPR. Baker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office after 27 minutes of attempting to revive him. A helicopter from the University Hospital was dispatched but did not transport the victim. Meyers said an unknown medical condition contributed to the accident.

Baker was traveling to Moberly along with his son and a friend to transport cars for an auction, Meyers said. The son and the other individual were driving in separate cars behind Baker.

Police believe neither alcohol nor speed were involved in the crash. Ashland Police were also at the scene assisting the Highway Patrol.

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