Texas man dies in Hwy. 76 wreck

Friday, October 1, 2021

Motorcycle goes off roadway overtaking vehicle

A Texas man died on Thursday in a wreck at 10:10 a.m. on Highway 76, five miles east of Cassville.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Russell Janecka, 61, of Victoria, Texas, was driving a 2019 Yamaha FJR motorcycle eastbound and attempted to overtake another vehicle but went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Janecka was pronounced dead by Dr. Strangler at 10:55 a.m. at Mercy Hospital. He was transported to Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

Janecka was wearing a safety device, and the motorcycle was totaled.

This is the 101st fatality of 2021 for Troop D of the Patrol, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri, including Barry.

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