Cape man dies in I-44 accident; teen dies from Wednesday crash

Sunday, February 13, 2005

A 45-year-old Cape Girardeau man died Saturday in an automobile accident near Rolla, Mo., a day after a Marble Hill, Mo., teenager died from injuries from a Wednesday car accident in Bollinger County.

On Saturday, Cary L. Flanagan, 45, of Cape Girardeau was in a one-car accident in Phelps County, about 12 miles west of Rolla on Interstate 44. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Flanagan's 1995 Jeep went off the left side of the road, up an embankment and then went airborne. The patrol said Flanagan was ejected from the vehicle.

Flanagan was the owner-operator of Heartland Pest Control in Cape Girardeau.

Meanwhile, Tyler Ray James, 16, died Friday at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau from injuries in a one-car accident that happened on Wednesday on Route ZZ, about a mile north of Glenallen, Mo.

According to the patrol, Tyler was driving his 1991 Chevrolet south when he lost control, went off the road and struck a tree. A 14-year-old passenger, Steven Starkey, and James were taken by helicopter to Saint Francis Medical Center.

James died Friday. Starkey was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

James was a member of Woodland High School's drama club and the high school band. He is the son of Tim R. and Darlene Dockins James.

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