The only fatality accident being reported by the Highway Patrol for Christmas day, occured in the bootheel of the state, shortly before 6pm Thursday. According to the online report,  Darrell J. McDowell, 45, of Malden was Eastbound on Dunklin County Road, South of Malden in Dunklin County, when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road and struck a utility pole. McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene.