Peculiar man killed in motorcycle accident

Driver faces involuntary manslaughter charge

August 3, 2012 

A Peculiar man died as a result of injuries sustained in an early morning motorcycle accident July 26.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Sean D. Middleton, 23, was an occupant on a 2009 Honda motorcycle driven by James Mowell, 22, also of Peculiar.

Mowell lost control of the motorcycle on 235th Street, one-tenth mile west of South Crest, near Peculiar, at 12:20 a.m., causing the motorcyle to overturn, slide off the west side of the roadway, stricking a ditch.

Both men were ejected from the vehicle. According to the report, both were wearing safety devices.

The driver was transported to Research Medical Center. Middleton was taken to Belton Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m..

Mowell, who suffered moderate injuries, was later arrested and was held in the Cass County Jail. He was expected to be arraigned Aug. 2. on a Class C felony charge for involuntary manslaughter.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that there is an investigation to deterime if alcohol was involved.

Funeral services for Middleton were held July 29 at Rock Brook Church in Belton.

Middleton graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High School in 2008. He was attending college at Mid-America Nazarene in Olathe, where he was a member of the soccer team.

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