One Man Dead after Vehicle Struck a Tree

HOWELL COUNTY, Mo -- One man has died and one is in serious condition after their car hit a tree near Willow Springs.

Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday night around 11 p.m. when the car both men were in went off the right side of CO RD 3020 and hit a tree. Both men were ejected from the scene.

The driver, 34-year-old Toby Stephens of Mountain View, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield and is in serious condition. 

This is the 12th fatality accident for Highway Patrol Troop G. 

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