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 Tyler Hayes

Tyler Hayes

Birth
Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Death 9 Mar 2008 (aged 85)
Pryor, Mayes County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 25270857 · View Source
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OBITUARY OF ROBERT, MELISSA, TYLER AND COLBY HAYES

Robert Hayes was born April 17, 1955 in St. Louis , Missouri he departed this life on March 9, 2008 in Pryor , Oklahoma at the age of 52 years 10 months and 20 days. Melissa Hayes was born September 9, 1966 in Duncanville , Texas , she departed this life on March 9, 2008 at the age of 41 years and 6 months. Tyler Hayes was born August 17, 1992 in St. Joseph , Missouri and departed this life on March 9, 2008 at the age of 15 years 6 months and 20 days. Colby Hayes was born in St. Joseph , Missour on March 2, 1994 and departed this life on March 9, 2008 at the age of 14 years and 7 months.

Robert and Melissa had lived in Joplin for about nine years. Robert was a student and Melissa was a homemaker.

Robert had spent many years driving trucks and then became a truck driver instructor. After his truck driving career he decided to go back to school and was attending Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. Robert enjoyed computers and tinkering with cars. He also liked to fish, do woodworking, play the guitar, singing and being a stay at home dad.

Melissa was a homemaker and had also driven trucks and been a truck driver instructor. She was a veteran of the first Gulf War serving with the United States Army. Melissa liked to crochet, knit, caring for animals and was very active in her children's school. She was a JR ROTC mom, which meant a lot to her.

Tyler was a sophomore at Joplin High School and was very active in JR ROTC. Colby was an 8th grader at Memorial Middle School .

The Hayes family was all members of Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin .

The family is survived by daughters Linda and Jason Graves of St. Peters, Missouri , Robin Hayes of O'Fallon, Missouri , Robert's father Robert L. Hayes, Sr. of Troy, Missouri, Karen and Imran Abdin of St. Peters, Missouri, sons and brothers Michael Perryman of Joplin, Christopher Johnson of Frisco, Texas, Melissa's brother and uncle Alan Perryman and wife Christie of Garmisch, Germany.



FAMILY OF FOUR DIES IN ACCIDENT

A Joplin family's trip to Dallas ended in tragedy Sunday when the car was struck by a tractor-trailer and caught fire.

Killed in the crash were Robert Hayes, 52, his wife, Melissa, 41, and sons Tyler, 15, and Colby, 14.

Sgt. Brent Crittenden of the Pryor (Okla.) Police Department said witnesses reported that the Hayes' vehicle stopped about 1:15 p.m. for a traffic light at U.S. Highway 69 and Southeast 49th Street.

"The family had pulled up to the stoplight in the right-hand lane," Crittenden said. "They were then struck from behind by the rig headed southbound."

Counselors at Joplin High School have been made available to students, Superintendent Jim Simpson said Monday. Tyler was a student at Joplin High School and was active in the school's JROTC program.

"They get pretty close in that program," Simpson said. "Counselors have been over at the high school talking to students and breaking the news to them."

Colby was an eighth-grader at Memorial Middle School until about two weeks ago, when his mother decided to home-school him, Simpson said.

Melissa Hayes was driving the family's 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, Crittenden said. The truck driver, who was able to walk away, was driving a 2007 Freightliner.

Crittenden said authorities are not releasing the name of the driver or the trucking company, pending further investigation.

He said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will assist with an accident re-creation before officials decide whether to file any charges against the truck driver, who is a 53-year-old man from Mesa, Ariz. He was driving on business and apparently was not under the influence of any intoxicants, Crittenden said.

"Right now, the report is pending," he said. "We want to do a complete reconstruction of the accident to determine exactly what happened before we request charges."

The truck driver was still in a Mayes County hospital as of Monday afternoon. Charges, if any, would be filed by the end of the week, Crittenden said.

Sgt. Brent Crittenden of the Pryor Police Department said the Hayes family was expected Sunday night in Dallas, where one of the children was scheduled for a medical procedure.



ARIZONE MAN CHARGED WITH NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE IN WAKE OF JOPLIN FAMILY'S DEATH

An Arizona man has been charged with four counts of negligent homicide after he allegedly caused a vehicle accident that killed a Joplin family in Oklahoma on Sunday.


James C. Buchholz, 53, of Mesa, Arizona, was arrested and charged today, said Sgt. Brent Crittenden of the Pryor (Okla.) Police Department. Buchholz was driving a tractor trailer that rear-ended a vehicle containing Robert Hayes, 52, his wife, Melissa, 41, and sons Tyler, 15, and Colby, 14, of Joplin, on Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses reported that the Hayes' vehicle stopped at about 1:15 p.m. for a traffic light at U.S. Highway 69 and Southeast 49th Street when Buchholz's truck failed to stop and slammed into the back of the vehicle.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 25270857
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tyler Hayes (17 Aug 1922–9 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25270857, citing Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .