Double Fatality and a 7 Year Old Boy is Seriously Injured


Two people die and a 7 year old boy is seriously injured, after a car crash took place on Thursday, just before 11:00am on Highway 59, about 2 miles north of Noel, Missouri.

Pronounced dead at the scene by McDonald County Coroner B.J. Goodwin, was Ashley D. Tharp, 28, of Pineville, and passenger Cody Blevins, 27, of Sebastian, Florida. Also in the car was Ben Tharp, 7, of Pineville, who was airlifted to Cox Hospital in Springfield, Mo., with serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened as a southbound 2006 Ford F150 truck, driven by Donavan L. Ryan, 34, of Pineville, failed to negotatiate a curve and struck Ashley Tharp’s 1998 Mercury Mystique, head-on.

This is Troop D’s 14th and 15th fatality for 2015. As required by law, Donavan Ryan was tested for alcohol.