Monett, Missouri Couple Injured in Lawrence County Crash

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Missouri couple is injured after another vehicle fails to yield and pulls into their path.

On September 17, 2011 at approximately 5:27 p.m., 53 year old Chester Mitchell of Monett, Missouri was operating a 1996 Dodge Dakota traveling southbound on County Road 1070, about three miles north of Monett. Mitchell’s vehicle was occupied by himself and wife, 57 year old Sharon Mitchell also of Monett, Missouri.

At that time and place, 38 year old Samuel Cox of Pierce City, Missouri was operating a 2009 Chevrolet traveling eastbound on an intersecting road. Cox’s vehicle was occupied by himself and passengers: 34 year old Samantha Rusow, 10 year old Matthew Cox and 4 year old Jake Cox. Cox pulled his vehicle into the path of Mitchell, causing the Mitchell vehicle to strike Cox broadside.

Chester and Sharon Mitchell were transported from the scene of the crash to Cox Monett Hospital in Monett with minor and moderate injuries respectively. The at-fault driver was uninjured in the crash; however, his passengers were all transported from the scene of the crash to Cox Monett Hospital with minor and moderate injuries. All parties involved were wearing their safety devices at the time of the crash.

The Mitchell vehicle received moderate damage in the crash and was towed from the scene by West 60 Auto of Monett. The at-fault vehicle received extensive damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Ed Jones Wrecker of Monett. Both drivers possessed insurance coverage for their vehicles at the time of the crash.

This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper R. Creasey of Troop D.

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