Kirksville man who crashed in pond near La Plata dies while being airlifted to hospital

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A 21-year-old Kirksville man died in a single-vehicle crash early Friday morning on Highway 63, approximately two miles north of La Plata, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Trevor A. Benda was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned into a pond. Benda, who was not wearing a seat belt, sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

Emergency responders, including the Adair County Ambulance, Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Kirksville Fire Department, and La Plata Fire Department, arrived at the scene. Benda was transported by Air Evac to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, where he was pronounced deceased by Dr. George Ubinas at 8:14 a.m.

The vehicle was totaled and towed by Lakeside Towing. 

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