At 6:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, a fatal crash occurred in the 4700 block of Hwy. D, east of New Melle. Robert D. Hunt, 64, of Washington, MO, suffered fatal injuries when he attempted to pass a dump truck on a curve near Blue Herron Farm. Hunt was driving eastbound on a 2007 Harley Davidson Road King Classic Motorcycle, and struck the right front of a westbound 2001 Peterbilt 379 tractor trailer driven by Michael K. Diederich, 59, of Augusta, MO. New Melle Fire Chief Rick Massey stated there are wide shoulders in that area and said in his opinion Diederich did everything he could to try to avoid the collision, including driving off the right side of the road into the ditch. No injuries were reported for Diederich. Hunt was pronounced on the scene by St. Charles County EMS personnel. Hwy. D was closed for approximately 4 hours.