The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident on County Road 317, 3 miles North of Highway Z in Maries County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident on County Road 317, 3 miles North of Highway Z in Maries County.

The driver was 12-year-old Dalton Newton of Bland, Mo. He was driving northbound on a 2016 Yamaha ATV.

The accident occurred at approximately 2:41 p.m. as Newton failed to negotiate a curve and his ATV travelled off the left side of the road. The ATV struck a fence post and overturned and Newton was ejected from the vehicle.

Newton was pronounced dead at approximately 4:03 p.m. by a doctor at Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The vehicle was removed from the scene by a private party and Newton’s next of kin were notified.

This is Troop 1’s first fatality for October, and the 23rd fatality for 2017.