Barry County highways turn deadly
A pair of Barry County crashes resulted in a fourth of the highway fatalities that were recorded over the Memorial Day weekend in Missouri.
Dianne Blevins, 42, of Golden, died as a result of injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 86 four miles east of Golden on Saturday night. Ronald Hoshaw, 72, of Shell Knob, died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 39 two miles south of Jenkins on Saturday afternoon.
Blevins was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Coroner Skip White. She was ejected from her 1997 Ford Thunderbird after it travelled off the right side of the roadway on a curve and overturned.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Blevins was not wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred at 8:06 p.m.
Hoshaw was killed when his pickup crossed the center line of Highway 39 and struck a Jeep driven by Kelsey Baker, 17, of Verona, head on. White pronounced Hoshaw dead at the crash site.
Baker was taken by ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with moderate injuries, and Rebecca Leahy, 18, of Aurora, a passenger in the Baker vehicle, was airlifted to Cox South with serious injuries.
The crash occurred at 3:50 p.m., and according to the Patrol, both Baker and Hoshaw were wearing seat belts. It is unknown whether or not Leahy was wearing a seat belt.
Other area crashes
Three area residents were injured last Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash on Barry County Farm Road 1005 six miles west of Monett. Earnest Clow, 24, of Purdy, Timothy Wilson, 23, of Pierce City, and Monica Craker, 14, of Purdy, were taken to Cox-Monett Hospital and treated for moderate injuries after the pickup Clow was driving ran off the roadway on a curve and overturned several times. According to the Patrol, none of the occupants in the truck were wearing their seat belts when the crash occurred at 11:30 p.m.
A one-vehicle crash on Highway 86 at Ridgley left a Purdy man moderately injured last Wednesday. Thomas Heeter, 46, was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with moderate injuries after he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the roadway, overturned and hit a parked trailer. Heeter was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred at 10:50 p.m.
A Monett teen and an Arkansas child were hurt early Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Barry County Farm Road 1090 one and a half miles south of Monett. Travis Wise, 16, of Monett, and Joshua Elizalde, 3, of Lowell, Ark., were taken to Cox-Monett Hospital and treated for minor injuries. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. when a car driven by Sergio Elizalde, 26, of Lowell, Ark., pulled in the path of a car driven by Wise.