The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 11, 2014

Baxter Springs woman dies in car accident

A woman from Baxter Springs, Kan., was killed and a Joplin woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday at the junction of Apricot Drive and Alpaca Road in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Margie A. Williams, 91, who was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Newton County coroner, the state patrol said. The driver, Carol L. Sweeton, 66, was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin with serious injuries, the patrol said.

The eastbound car ran off the road and struck a drainage ditch, the patrol said.

• A Neosho woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 6:25 p.m. Monday on Route H, four miles east of Neosho in Newton County, the state patrol said.

Kylie D. Richardson, 19, was taken to Freeman Neosho Hospital with minor injuries, the patrol said.

Richardson was driving a southbound car and attempted to pass a southbound truck rig on the right as the truck driver, Neil J. Oxendine, 42, of Stark City, was making a right turn, the patrol said. The car ran into the side of the tractor-trailer.

• Two people were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 5:06 p.m. Sunday on St. Louis Avenue north of Seventh Street, according to a Joplin Police Department report.

The driver of the car, Evelyn J. Coburn, 80, and her passenger, Jerry P. Coburn, 81, both of Joplin, were taken to Freeman Hospital West, the report said.

The northbound car ran off the street and struck a speed limit sign and a utility pole, police said.

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