It’s uncertain if he puffed.
And he rammed his van into a tree.
That was the fate late last Friday afternoon for Seymour’s Brent A. Brinkley, who was involved in a bizarre automobile accident at 5:06 p.m. that day on Highway V, located four miles northeast of Seymour.
Trooper A.M. James of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Brinkley, 18, was westbound on the two-lane highway in a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country van when he “traveled off (the) left side of (the) roadway and struck a tree after driver lost consciousness due to huffing canned air.”
The patrol reported that Brinkley and a passenger in his van, 19-year-old Willard Hedquist, also of Seymour, sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Brinkley was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
Hedquist was taken by ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.
James’ report said Hedquist was wearing a seatbelt, while Brinkley was not.
The report concluded that Brinkley had automobile insurance and that the van was towed from the scene by Yates Boys Towing of Seymour.