Gerald man killed in late-night collision in Franklin County

LYON, MO (FRANKLIN COUNTY) – A man from Gerald was killed in a single-vehicle accident last night in Franklin County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at the intersection of Route YY and Highway 185 at 11:13 p.m. when a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, allegedly traveling too fast for road conditions, went off the right side of the highway.

The driver, 36-year-old Kurtis J. Birke, overcorrected the vehicle, sending it then off the left side of the road. The vehicle rolled over, killing Birke at the scene.

He was pronounced dead by emergency personnel at 11:45 p.m.

Birke was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt when the accident occurred.

No other injuries were reported in the collision.

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