Chief of Police Jerry Hicks succumbed to injuries sustained six days earlier when his patrol car collided with a tree at the intersection of Route 8 and Railroad Road, in Washington County, at about 6:30 am.
He was driving to the Potosi Correctional Center to pickup an inmate work crew when the vehicle slid on a patch of ice on a highway bridge, causing it to leave the roadway. The vehicle collided with the tree on the passenger side.
Chief Hicks was flown to a hospital in Creve Couer, where he remained unconscious until succumbing to severe head injuries. The Missouri Highway Patrol announced that the chief was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Chief Hicks was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Leadwood Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his two adult children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.