Purdy man dies in ATV wreck

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Vehicle overturns after hitting embankment

A Purdy man died Wednesday morning in a wreck at 2:05 a.m. on Farm Road 1035, three miles northeast of Wheaton.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Donald Gunter, 49, of Purdy, was driving a Polaris ATV, unknown year, southbound when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting the driver.

Gunter was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:34 a.m. by Barry County Coroner Jim Fohn. He was not wearing a safety device, and the ATV sustained moderate damage.

This is the 32nd fatality of the year for Troop D of the patrol, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri, including Barry and Lawrence.

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