Wheaton man killed in crash on Highway W

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Wheaton man was killed and a Cassville woman sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Highway W three miles east of Wheaton on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a 1999 Ford Mustang, driven by Kelly Swearingen, 23, travelled off the left side of the road and struck a fence. Swearingen's passenger, Anthony Cox, 24, was ejected from the vehicle.

Cox was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Coroner Skip White. His body was transported to McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton. Swearingen was taken to St. John's Hospital-Cassville by private vehicle.

The Patrol report indicated that neither Cox nor Swearingen were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred at 5:35 a.m.

Other traffic crashes

* On Friday, an Exeter teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 76 three miles west of Exeter. The crash occurred when Rachel Prewitt, 19, who was driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan, drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Prewitt was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. The crash occurred at 11:25 a.m.

* A Pierce City teen and an Anderson woman were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 60 two miles west of Monett on Friday. The crash occurred when a 1996 Chevrolet, driven by Victor Byrd, 17, crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Chevrolet, driven by Tamara Roux, 43, head on. Byrd was flown to St. John's Hospital in Joplin by Med Flight, and Roux was airlifted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield by Life Line. Roux's passengers, Aimee Roux, 22, and Jeremy Roux, 20, both of Yuba City, Calif., were taken by ambulance to St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Aimee Roux was moderately injured and Jeremy Roux sustained minor injuries in the crash, which occurred at 2:10 a.m.

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