From staff reports

Three killed, several injured in area accidents

One man was killed and another apparently injured in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Carthage. The incident remained under investigation by police on Saturday night.

Julio Saguerlio Lopez, 39, also known as Eleazer Lopez, was pronounced dead by the Jasper County coroner at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Route HH and Garrison Road.

Saul DeLaCruz, 42, also known as Estiben Antoni Rodriguez, was believed to be the owner and second occupant of the vehicle but could not be located, according to a statement released by the Carthage Police Department.

"Evidence at the scene indicated that he also suffered minor to moderate injuries," the statement said.

Police were seeking to speak with DeLaCruz to check on his well-being and to learn additional details about the accident, according to the statement.

An Isuzu Rodeo that was northbound on Garrison Road failed to stop for a stop sign at the T-intersection and ran off the highway, going airborne and then crashing the ground, according to the statement.

Two Joplin residents injured in a single-vehicle accident at 12:40 a.m. Friday on Missouri Highway 43 in Jasper County died later the same day at a Joplin hospital, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

William R. Cunningham, 33, was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. Friday at Freeman Hospital West, the patrol said. Jay L. Embrey, 29, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:45 p.m., the patrol said.

Cunningham and Embrey were occupants of a northbound vehicle that ran off the roadway two miles north of Joplin, overturned and struck a telephone pole. A third occupant, Jessie B. Tull, 20, suffered moderate injuries and also was taken to Freeman Hospital West.

The patrol had not yet identified the driver of the vehicle when a report of the accident was updated on Saturday.

Two Oklahoma residents were injured in a motorcycle accident at 10:01 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 59, a mile north of Grove, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The driver of the motorcycle, Perry Brown, 50, of Claremore, Okla., was flown to St. John's Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. His passenger, Janet Brown, 50, also of Claremore, was treated and released from Integris Health Grove General Hospital, the patrol said.

Perry Brown was southbound on U.S. 59 and turning into a parking lot when the motorcycle slid onto its left side, according to the patrol.

Four people were injured in a collision of a vehicle and horse and buggy at 11:50 p.m. Friday on County Road 1095, two miles south of Purdy in Barry County, the Missouri state patrol said.

The injured occupants of the horse and buggy were identified as Jacob R. Bartosh, 21, of Purdy, the driver, and passengers Jade D. Jennett, 25, and Jared W. Jennett, 22, both of Sarcoxie, and Lydia M. Lasky, 20, of Springfield. They were all transported to Cox Monett Hospital in Monett.

Jeremy F. Donahoo, 22, of Verona, was driving a northbound vehicle that ran into the horse and buggy from behind, the patrol said.

A Carl Junction man suffered moderate injuries when his motorcycle struck a deer at 10 p.m. Friday on Missouri Highway 43, seven miles north of Joplin in Jasper County, the patrol said.

Jackson H. Boyer, 26, was taken in a private vehicle to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin after his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway.

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