Gideon bicyclist killed in accident; two Sikeston children injured after being struck by vehicles

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

CONRAN, Mo. ó A Gideon, Mo., man was killed early Monday after being struck by a vehicle in New Madrid County.

The accident occurred at 9:45 a.m. on Highway F, two miles west of Conran, when the bicycle operated by William Piatt, 84, of Gideon, was traveling eastbound and struck from behind by a truck driven by Randal Brands, 64, of Portageville, Mo, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Piatt was pronounced dead at the scene by New Madrid County Coroner George Delisle. The fatality is the 19th for Troop E in 2020.

Two children were struck by vehicles in Sikeston in separate incidents over the weekend.

On Monday evening officers with Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to Jaycee Street in reference to an all-terrain vehicle accident where a 9-year-old male juvenile had a head injury, according to DPS Chief James McMillen. The juvenile was on the four-wheeler with his stepfather in a grass lot in the 200 block of Jaycee Street when they lost control and struck a light pole, McMillen said.

The stepfather was not injured, but the juvenile was transported by EMS to a Cape Girardeau hospital and later transferred to a St. Louis hospital, where he is being treated for a skull fracture.

A child is also recovering after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle late Saturday in Sikeston. Officers with Sikeston DPS responded to a report of a vehicle versus bicycle accident on Daniel at Scott Streets, according to McMillen.

According to DPS reports, it was dark outside when a girl who was riding a bicycle crossed Scott Street on Daniel Street eastbound toward her home when she hit the front driverís side fender of a moving vehicle. Officers believed the girl bounced off her bike as the vehicle did not appear to have run over her, according to reports. Reportedly, the girl wasnít wearing a helmet, and there were no lights on her bike.

The girl sustained lacerations to one of her ankles and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, McMillen said. The striking vehicle remained on scene, and its driver was fully cooperative and showed no signs of impairment, according to DPS reports.

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