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One fatality in weekend crashes

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Mt. Vernon woman was killed in a crash that occurred at 10:05 p.m. on June 2.

According the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on Route K, seven miles north of Aurora, when the 1996 Chevrolet half-ton pickup, driven by Cleo Ruiz-Cruz, 23, of Verona, failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Ruiz-Cruz had serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. A passenger, Paula Thornton, 54, of Mt. Vernon, was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Scott Lakin. Neither the driver or occupant were wearing seat belts.

Other crashes

Jeremy Baker, 36, of Stotts City, suffered moderate injuries at 11 a.m., June 2, on Highway 97, one mile north of Interstate 44. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle traveled off the east side of the roadway, striking a tree, and traveled back across Highway 97, coming to a partial rest off the roadway on the west side of the highway. The driver was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital in Joplin. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that took place at 3:25 p.m. on Thursday on Highway 96 about three miles west of Halltown.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 1998 Oldsmobile, Melissa M. Thompson, 38, of Ash Grove, was hit from behind by a 2005 Chevrolet box truck, driven by Joshua D. Eidson, 26, of Springfield, causing both vehicles to run off the roadway. The truck overturned.

Thompson and a passenger in the vehicle, Alexia J. Thompson, 15, of Ash Grove, were taken by ambulance to Cox Hospital South in Springfield with minor injuries. Eidson was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with moderate injuries. Everyone was wearing a seat belt.

* Terry E. Clay, 57, of Aurora, sustained minor injuries when the 1996 Ford Ranger he was driving skidded off the right side of the road and overturned. The crash occurred at 5:10 p.m. on Thursday on Highway TT about one mile east of Madry. Clay was taken by ambulance to Cox Monett Hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt.



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