SAVANNAH, Mo. — A fatal accident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Business Highway 71 and the intersection of County Road 445 south of Savannah.
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, Andrew County Sheriff Bryan Atkins and deputies were dispatched to the crash site.
Brandin D. Hatheway, 24, died in a crash on his a CBR600 Honda Supersport motorcycle.
The Savannah man was traveling south on Business Highway 71 at a “high rate of speed” and hit a black Ford Escape sport utility vehicle, said trooper Parrish Lutz.
It was the 26th highway fatality in Northwest Missouri this year, according to information from the Highway Patrol’s website. Compared to last year, highway fatalities are up 13 percent in Northwest Missouri and 12 percent statewide, the patrol said.
The Ford had been traveling north on Business 71 and turned left to cross the southbound highway lanes.
The motorcycle crashed into the rear passenger side of the Ford. The Honda’s front wheel separated from the frame as the motorcycle and driver slid along the highway shoulder just south of the county road.
The motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A helmet was 30 feet away in a nearby field.
Three family members in the Ford were transported by private vehicle to Heartland Regional Medical Center. No word on their condition was available early Monday.