An Aurora man is dead following a head-on collision on Highway Z about five miles east of Monett.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 7:50 a.m. on Friday when the driver of a 1996 Ford Mustang, Clifford L. Woolman, 26, of Aurora, crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Leann J. Steele, 42, of Crane, nearly head on.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Charles McManus. The body was taken to Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Steele was taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. Woolman was not wearing a seat belt; Steele was.
This is Troop D's 54th fatal accident of the year.
* A Cassville woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:38 p.m. on Highway 37 about one mile west of Butterfield. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2010 GMC, Misty A. Kester, 25, of Salina, Okla., drove into the path of a 2005 Hyundai, driven by Shawna R. Oltjenbruns, 38, of Cassville. Oltjenbruns was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers, Ark., with minor injuries.
* Two people were injured in area wrecks that occurred on Thursday in Barry County. A 12-year-old Purdy boy was injured in a crash that occurred at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday on Highway B about two miles west of Purdy. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2005 Suzuki RM110 motorcycle, Garrett W. Bennett, 12, of Purdy, crossed the road in front of a 2012 Ford Escape, driven by David R. Shockley, 60, of Wheaton, and was hit broadside. Bennett was taken by ambulance to Cox Hospital South in Springfield with moderate injuries. Shockley was wearing a seat belt.
* A Pierce City man was hurt in a single vehicle crash at 4 a.m. on Sunday four miles west of Monett. Ryan Wecker, 20, who driving east on Farm Road 2240 when his 1997 Dodge Ram pickup ran off the right side of the road and struck a metal fence post. Wecker's passenger, Caleb Earl, 24, who was not wearing a safety belt, received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Cox Monett Hospital for treatment. Wecker, who was wearing a safety belt, was unhurt.