Several injured in weekend crashes
A Shell Knob man was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 5:26 p.m. on Monday, July 22, on Highway 13 just south of Kimberling City.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2002 Toyota 4Runner, Carol L. Ward, 67, of Shell Knob, was traveling southbound on Highway 13 when he and other drivers were overtaken on the bridge by a southbound 2012 Chevrolet Captive, driven by Brandi D. Zamora, 26, of Commerce City, Colo., who was being pursued at a high rate of speed. The front passenger bumper of the Zamora vehicle struck the rear driver side bumper on the Ward vehicle, causing the crash. Zamora fled the scene.
Ward was taken to Cox Hospital in Branson with moderate injuries. It was not noted in the report if either driver was wearing a seat belt.
* A Monett woman received moderate injuries in a head-on collision at 12:40 p.m. on July 26, two miles south of Monett on Highway 37 at Highway BB. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Rhonda McGehee, 49, was driving north in a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville. A 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Gene Campbell, 88, of Monett, was driving west and pulled onto Highway 37, resulting in the collision. McGehee was transported to Cox Hospital South in Springfield for treatment. It is not known if she was wearing a safety belt. Campbell was not injured. Monett and Purdy Fire District firefighters responded to the scene, in addition to the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District.
* The vehicular crash on Friday afternoon, July 26, during heavy rain, contributed to a second vehicle crash in the vicinity. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, James Hill, 31, of Springfield, was stopped on Highway 37 in traffic due to the collision between Gene Campbell and Rhonda McGehee. Hill's northbound 2012 Chevrolet van was hit from behind at 1 p.m. by Josefina Perez de Calzada, 37, of Monett, who was driving a north- bound 1996 Ford Escort. Perez de Calzada's passenger, Jesus Calzada, 11, who was wearing a seat belt, received minor injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Cox Monett Hospital for treatment. Hill was not injured. Firefighters already on the scene responded to the crash.
* Two Cassville women were hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 5:40 p.m. on July 27. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Brandon Branham, 35, of Cassville, was driving south on Highway 37, one mile north of Cassville, when his 1998 Dodge Ram pickup stopped in the road to make a turn. A southbound 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Brianna Wilson, 17, of Purdy, struck the Branham pickup from behind. Passengers in the Branham pickup, Molly Durossett, age unknown, and Kyncey Branham, 14, both of Cassville, received minor injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. Durossett was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Cassville for treatment. Branham was transported by private vehicle to the hospital. The drivers were not injured.
* Two Cassville men were hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 6:35 a.m. on July 25, five miles south of Cassville. Kory Beck, 23, of Cassville, was driving east in a 2000 Dodge Stratus on Highway 112 when the Stratus crossed the center line. The vehicle collided head-on with a westbound 2007 Ford pickup, driven by Billy Gracy, 64, of Cassville. Beck, who was not wearing a safety belt, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital-Cassville for treatment. Gracy, who was wearing a safety belt, received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital-Cassville for treatment.
* An Aurora man received moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash at 5:05 p.m. on July 25 five miles east of Cassville near Highway 248. Todd Brattelid, 55, was driving north in a 1990 Ford Bronco on private property in a manner the Patrol described as "reckless." Brattelid struck a tree and drove down an embankment. He was not wearing a safety belt, and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment.