by: Scott McCaulley
The Missouri State Highway Patrol works a pair of accidents in the Lakes Region Tuesday Evening, one resulting in a fatality.
The fatality crash occurs in Barry County around 7:15 when two cars collide on Highway 39 in Jenkins. The accident report says the crash occurred when a car driven by 59-year-old of Shirley Bell of Anthony, Kansas crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Jereme Fenley of Shell Knob. Bell was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Coroner Gary Swearingen while a 14-year-old juvenile female in Bell’s car, listed from Aurora, along with Fenley sustained serious injuries with both taken by Air Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment. None of the people involved in the crash were wearing seat belts according to the accident report. This fatality is the fourth for October, and 95th for 2020 in accidents worked by Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Meanwhile just over a half hour earlier, Troopers were working a motorcycle accident that occurred on Highway 248 10 miles north of Branson in Taney County. The motorcycle ran off the roadway and struck a sign and a tree. The driver of the motorcycle, 74-year-old Thomas Ley of Branson, sustained serious injuries and was also taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment.