by: Scott McCaulley

The first fatality accident of 2019 in Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D Takes Place near Nixa in Christian County Thursday.

The MHP Report states the accident happened just after 12:30 pm when a vehicle driven by 55-year-old James Isham of Ozark was eastbound on South Oaks Drive and pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by Gary Mills, 69 also of Ozark, who was southbound on Highway 160.

Isham was not injured in the accident though he was tested for Alcohol per state law. Mills was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield where he was later pronounced dead.

Mills was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident according to the crash report.