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Patrol: Motorcyclist without helmet dies in crash


Alton L. Curtwright, 53, Caulfield, died Wednesday afternoon when he was thrown from his motorcycle, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Msgt. C.A. Hogue, with Troop G of the patrol, Willow Springs reported the accident happened at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday on west U.S. 160 in Ozark County, 2.5 miles west of Caulfield.

Curtwright was westbound on his 1996 Harley-Davidson when it ran off the right side of the road, struck a sign and hit a fence, causing him to be thrown from the motorcycle, Hogue reported, noting Curtwright was not wearing a helmet.

Ozark County Coroner Gene Britt pronounced Curtwright dead at 2:30 p.m. at the scene.

The death is the 19th traffic fatality for the year in the nine-county Troop G area, compared to 18 at this time in 2022.

Hogue was assisted at the crash scene by the Ozark County Sheriff's Department.