Area pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident

An area pedestrian was killed early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident in Douglas County. Seventy-three-year-old Julia Hicks of Squires was pronounced dead at the scene by the Douglas County coroner just before 3 a.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hicks was in the roadway on Missouri Route N, nearly 5 southeast of Ava. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase says she was reportedly struck sometime between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday by an unknown vehicle, which then fled the scene.

The sheriff’s office is in the process of reviewing video surveillance videos. Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 417-683-1020.

The highway patrol states this was the 40th fatality reported by Troop G this year, compared to 42 at the same time in 2019.

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