|Trooper Killed In Traffic Crash|
|Written by Craig W. Floyd|
The impact of the crash forced Trooper Newton's patrol car into the rear of the vehicle he had stopped. The patrol car burst into flames and Trooper Newton was killed inside his patrol car. The passenger was pulled from the patrol car through the passenger window by witnesses at the scene.
The passenger was transported by air ambulance to the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia with third degree burns covering 40 percent of his body. The driver of the pickup was transported to a hospital in Lexington, MO, by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Trooper Newton joined the Patrol on January 1, 2001, and was commissioned on July 21, 2001. He is a native of Newburg, MO, and is survived by his wife and two sons. The investigation continues by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Major Crash Investigation Unit.
A memorial fund has been established for the children of Trooper Michael L. Newton, Missouri State Highway Patrolman, who was killed in a traffic crash on May 22, 2003. Trooper Michael L. Newton is survived by his wife, Shonnie, and two children: Devon, age 9, and Tyler, age 5. The memorial fund has been established at 1st. Central Bank, 401 N. McGuire, Warrensburg, MO, 64093, (660)-429-2101. The bank has two branch offices: 1st. Central Bank-Higginsville, 401 Fairground Ave., Higginsville, MO, 64037, (660)-584-7404; 1st Central Bank-Odessa, 101 S. 2nd. Street, Odessa, MO, 74076, (816)-633-5151. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to this fund may contact one of the above banks directly.