Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Hwy. 68.
Dead is William R. Geist, 48, Rolla, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred at 4:45 p.m. on Hwy. 68, 15 miles South of St. James, as Geist lost control of his 2005 Ford Explorer, went off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, overturned and caught on fire.
Geist was pronounced deceased at 6:05 p.m. by Phelps County Deputy Coroner Ralph Roark.
Geist also was involved in a two-vehicle crash at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday two miles north of Salem on Hwy. 68 and fled the scene and then was involved with the fatal crash at 4:45 p.m.
The first crash occurred as Geist was traveling northbound, crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Rebekah J. Gipson, 22, Salem.
Gipson suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Air Evac to St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis.
Gipson's vehicle sustained total damage and was towed from the scene by Whitaker's Towing of Salem.
Previously reported: Patrol working to identify Wednesday fatality victim
Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a fatal one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Hwy. 68. The fatality victim had not yet been identified at 9:30 a.m. today (Thursday), according to State Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Dan Crain. Crain said the crash occurred just over the Dent County line in Phelps County. The vehicle burned in the crash and the make and model of the vehicle is not being released until the body is identified. The fatality victim also was involved in a two-vehicle crash at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday two miles north of Salem on Hwy. 68, and the driver left the scene. The fatal crash then occurred about 10 miles north of Salem, according to Crain. The second driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier that was involved in the first crash suffered moderate injuries. Names of occupants have not been released.