fatal traffic accident

A De Soto man was killed and two children were injured Friday afternoon (Dec. 3) in a one-car accident on Vineland School Road east of Jarvis Mountain Road east of De Soto, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

At 3:10 p.m., Ralph L. Rice, 57, of De Soto was driving a 2000 Hyundai Elantra east on Vineland School Road, and the car ran off the left side of the road, where it struck a mailbox and then a tree, the report said.

Rice was pronounced dead at the scene by Valle Ambulance personnel.

Two 5-year-old boys who were passengers in the car had minor injuries and were taken by Valle Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, the report said.

The patrol did not release the boys' names because they are juveniles.

Rice was not wearing a seat belt, and the two children were using safety devices, the patrol reported.

The car was totaled, the report said.