JASPER COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Roger Nichols, of Webb City, Missouri, has been identified as the victim in a Friday afternoon fatal vehicle crash in Jasper County.

Nichols, 60, a Joplin Police Department Chaplain, was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Joplin Friday afternoon.


According to reports, Nichols was operating a vehicle on East 20th Street near Osage Orange Road in Joplin, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around 1:30 p.m. Friday. The vehicle then came into contact with a utility pole.

Nichols was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating.


Geo quick facts: Jasper County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 117,404. Its county seat is Carthage, and its largest city is Joplin. The county was organized in 1841 and named for William Jasper, a hero of the American Revolutionary War – Wikipedia.