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Former Monettan dies in motorcycle crash in Arkansas

Monday, April 5, 2010

A former Monettan was killed in a motorcycle accident at 5:53 p.m. on April 3 near Fayetteville, Ark.

The Arkansas State Highway Patrol reported Lori B. Swearingen, 41, formerly of Monett, and her husband, James "Beau" Swearingen, 32, both of Gentry, Ark., were killed in a multiple vehicle crash north of Winslow in Washington County.

The Swearingens were northbound on separate motorcycles on Highway 71, accompanied by two other motorcyles. A southbound Dodge driven by Darrell Benish, 57, of Winslow, Ark., crossed into the northbound lane, hitting the Swearingens' motorcycles head-on.

A third motorcycle driven by Keith Sexon, 53, of Gentry, Ark., also collided with the Benish car. Another northbound vehicle, a 2007 Suzuki driven by Paul Hatch, 49, of Fayetteville, Ark., then collided with the Benish vehicle.

Lori Swearingen's daughter, Taylor Mareth, 15, a passenger on the Sexton cycle, received a broken leg in the crash. Mareth, Benish, Sexon and Hatch were taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville for treatment. The Swearingens were pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County coroner's office.

Lori Sligar Swearingen graduated from Monett High School in 1987. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Springdale, Ark.

Other traffic crashes

* A Monett teenager was hurt in a one-vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of April 2. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Stetson D. Watson, was taken by private vehicle to Cox Monett Hospital and treated for minor injuries after the car he was driving skidded off the left side of the road and hit a tree. The crash occurred at 3 a.m. on Barry County Farm Road 1140 five miles east of Monett. The Patrol report indicated that Watson was not wearing his seat belt.

Other traffic crashes

* A Shell Knob man was seriously injured early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 39 one mile south of Viola. Brandon T. Good, 26, was transported by ambulance to St. John's Hospital in Berryville, Ark., after the pickup he was driving ran off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. Good was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred at 12:05 a.m.

* A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 44 three miles east of Strafford left a Verona woman with moderate injuries. According to the Patrol, Joyce A. Morris, 52, of Verona, was taken to St. John's Hospital in Springfield with moderate injuries after she rear-ended a vehicle driven by Thomas M. Mayfield, 21, of Tontitown, Ark., that was slowed for a previous accident. After Morris hit Mayfield, Morris was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Logan P. Harris, 20, of Marshfield, which caused Morris to run into the Mayfield vehicle for a second time. Harris also received moderated injuries in the crash and was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Mayfield was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 2:18 p.m.

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