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Wreck in DeKalb County claims life
Mickey James was driving this Ford Ranger when it collided with a Chevy Malibu that was driven by McMinnville resident Kevin Boersma. The crash occurred Monday.

A Baxter man lost his life in a two vehicle wreck Monday evening. Dead is 53-year-old Mickey James. He is the fifth person to lose their life on DeKalb County roads this year.

According to Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James was driving north in a 1996 Ford Ranger when a southbound 2009 Chevy Malibu, driven by 35-year-old Kevin Boersma of McMinnville, crossed the center line and struck James’ pickup. The force of the crash knocked the truck into and partially across a guardrail. James, not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected. He died at the scene.

Boersma was transported by DeKalb EMS to Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with a second offense of driving on a suspended license and failure to exercise due care.

The crash was investigated by Trooper Johnson who was assisted by Trooper Caleb Bain and Lieutenant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Others on the scene in addition to DeKalb EMS were members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department Rescue and Extrication Team and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.