A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was killed in a tragic accident after pursuing a motorcycle last Friday in Audrain County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Report, Trooper James Bava was attempting to overtake a fleeing motorcycle when his 2014 Dodge Charger traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, overturned, and caught fire.
The accident occurred on Route FF, just west of Audrain County Road 977 at 8:30 a.m. near the Boone County line.
Trooper Bava was pronounced dead at the scene. The Troop C Crash Team assisted Troop F at the scene of the accident.
Trooper Bava was age 25 and listed on the report as from Mexico, Mo.
He served in his position for two years.
He is survived by his fiancée, Rose Sanders; his parents, James and Alyce Bava; one grandmother, Mary Brindy; one brother; three sisters; and four nieces and nephews. Trooper Bava is the 31st member of the Missouri Highway Patrol to lose his life in the line of duty.
A funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 4 at the Dardenne Presbyterian Church in O’Fallon, Mo., which is close to where he grew up. A visitation is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 3 at Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles.
Flags were flown at half-staff last Friday and a moment of silence was held before the Van-Far/Community R-VI vs. MMA football game.
An investigation is still ongoing in the events surrounding the accident.
Some reports say the motorcyclist has been located but no name has yet been released.