Derek A. Medlock, 24, a senior in civil engineering at Missouri S&T, was killed early this morning (Friday, Oct. 10) in a traffic accident on Forum Drive in Rolla. A second student, Joshua C. Roach, 23, suffered serious injuries in the accident.
Officers from Missouri S&T University Police, the Rolla Police Department and Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
According to University Police officials, Medlock and Roach were travelling in a vehicle that was southbound on Forum Drive in Rolla. The vehicle missed a curve in the road, left the roadway and overturned, coming to rest in a ditch. At this time, the driver of the vehicle has not been determined. Both passengers were ejected from the vehicle. The accident occurred at 12:36 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the 500 block of Forum Drive in Rolla.
Medlock was pronounced dead at the scene. Roach, a senior in business and management systems from Kansas City, Mo., was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center with serious injuries and later airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
The accident is under investigation by the Rolla Police Department.