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Two killed in head-on accident

Friday, May 14, 2004

CHARLESTON -- Two Mississippi County residents sustained fatal injuries after their vehicles collided head-on Thursday, and the cause of death of one victim remains uncertain.

Clifford E. "Cliff" Johnson, 28, of Charleston was stabbed Thursday evening by an acquaintance and was driving himself to the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, according to Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker.

At 9:40 p.m. while en route on Missouri Highway 62, about three miles west of Charleston, Johnson's vehicle was passing a vehicle when it struck an eastbound vehicle driven by Bobby J. Wilkerson, 44, of Bertrand head-on, the Missouri Highway Patrol reports.

Johnson and Wilkerson were pronounced dead at the scene at 9:55 p.m. by Parker. Johnson's passenger, Clifton L. Coleman, 21, of Charleston sustained serious injuries and was air-evacuated to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

"We're conducting an autopsy (at the Mineral Area Medical Center) in Farmington on Mr. Johnson to determine whether or not the stab wound was the actual cause of death or if he died of injuries as a result of the accident," Parker said.

Officials confirmed a female is in custody at the Charleston Department of Public Safety for the stabbing of Johnson. Her name was not being released by authorities until formal charges are filed.

Parker is holding the bodies at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, pending release to their families.