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Accident takes life of Cadet man

A Cadet man was killed Saturday when the 1979 Ford Bronco in which he was riding struck several trees in Washington County.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Blackwell resident Jeffrey D. Merseal, 23, was southbound on Old Prairie Road at 10:50 p.m. when the Bronco went off the right side of the road and struck the trees, .08 mile north of Watson Road.

Andrew A. DeClue, 22, was taken by ambulance to Washington County Memorial Hospital, where he died. No injuries were listed for Merseal. Neither man had been wearing a seat belt.

Damage to the Bronco was listed as moderate.

Merseal was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and involuntary vehicular manslaughter. He was later released from custody.

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