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Crash killed man from Nixa on Tuesday night

Derek Freeman was driving on Elk Valley Road south of Ozark when he ran off the road and struck a tree.

January 23, 2013|by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com

OZARK, Mo. -- A man from Nixa died after the car that he was driving crashed into a tree on Tuesday night.  Derek Freeman, 45, was driving on Elk Valley Road, a mile south of Ozark, when he ran off the road and struck a tree at roughly 10:10 p.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.  His 2010 Ford Fusion was totaled.

An ambulance took Freeman to a hospital in Springfield but doctors could not save him.  Freeman's death is the fourth reported traffic accident fatality this year in Troop D, which covers southwest Missouri

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