The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 16, 2011

Three motorists die in traffic accidents on roads in area

A Neosho man was killed and another man injured in a single-vehicle accident at 8 a.m. Friday on Nettle Drive, five miles south of Neosho in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Chaz D. Rayborn, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Newton County by Coroner Mark Bridges.

Rayborn was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Jessee D. Walburn, 22, of Stark City, who was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

The patrol said the eastbound truck ran off the road and struck a fence and several trees before overturning.

• An Exeter resident was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 12:55 a.m. Friday on Missouri Highway 37, three miles south of Monett in Barry County, the state patrol said.

Billy J. Walker, 37, died at the scene of the accident, the patrol said.

Walker was driving a northbound pickup truck that collided head-on with a southbound semitrailer driven by Danny P. Beck, 61, of Jay, Okla., when Walker’s pickup truck crossed the center line, the patrol said.

• A 25-year-old woman from Pittsburg, Kan., died at the scene of a single-vehicle accident at 10:12 p.m. Thursday on Kansas Highway 126, a quarter-mile east of 180th Street, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Amanda R. Lane died at the scene of the accident, the Sheriff’s Department said. The Crawford County coroner has ordered an autopsy in the investigation of the accident.

Lane was driving a car that witnesses told investigators was swerving on the highway before running off the road on the south side and crossing over to the north ditch, striking a culvert and becoming airborne. The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side in the ditch, the Sheriff’s Department said.

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