Reuel J. Tyson, 20, a member of the Jefferson College men’s soccer team, died in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night (Oct. 27) on Hwy. 67, north of Berry Road in Bonne Terre, in St. Francois County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:45 p.m. by the St. Francois County coroner.
Tyson is listed as a freshman forward from San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, on the soccer team’s website. He was a passenger in a 2008 Scion tC, along with four other men who are listed on the team’s roster.
Mickel M. Ravello, 20, who was driving the Scion, is a freshman defender, also from San Fernando. Mylz K. Barrington, 20, of Prince Town, Trinidad and Tobago, is a freshman defender. Dalton E. Conrad, 18, of St. Louis is a freshman defender. Tevin T. Slater, 24, of Clare Valley, St. Vincent and Grenadines, is a freshman forward.
The crash occurred at about 11:25 p.m. when Ravello was crossing the highway at Berry Road and allegedly failed to yield to a southbound 2017 Ford Focus, which slammed into the Scion, the report said.
The cars went off the right side of the road, according to the report.
Barrington was seriously injured, and Conrad, Ravello and Slater were moderately injured. All four were transported by St. Francois County Ambulance to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, the report said.
Desloge residents Joshua A. Green, 32, who was driving the Focus, and Christina M. Green, 36, who was in the car, were seriously injured and also transported to Mercy Hospital Jefferson, the report said.
Joshua Green was transferred to Mercy St. Louis in Creve Coeur, and Barrington, Conrad, Ravello, Slater and Christina Green were treated and released, a Mercy Jefferson spokesman said tonight.
Dalton, Ravello, and Joshua and Christina Green were wearing seat belts, and Barrington, Slater and Tyson were not, according to the report.
Both cars were totaled, the report said.
Jefferson College President Raymond Cummiskey acknowledged Tyson’s death on a Facebook post on Sunday, writing, “Our campus has suffered a great loss.”
He said counseling services would be available for students and staff.
“Please keep the Tyson family and his fellow soccer teammates and students in your thoughts during the days ahead,” he said.
SOURCE: Jefferson County Leader