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The driver of the Ford Focus shown above was taken to the hospital by ambulance following a rear-end collision on Highway 5 last Friday morning. The Highway Patrol said Brandi Hood, of Battlefield, was not wearing a seatbelt when her car collided with a GMC Suburban driven by Paul Neighbour, of Ava.

Ava Police, Highway Patrol Investigate Wrecks In Area

Officers investigated two very similar vehicle crashes in Ava this week. Both wrecks occurred when a driver failed to stop and rear-ended the vehicle in front of them.
One crash occurred last Wednesday, Aug. 20, on East Washington Ave. (Highway 14) at NE 11th Lane.
Wreck on E14.31A westbound 1999 Chevrolet pickup driven by Devon Degase, 16, of Ava, was slowing to turn right onto 11th Lane and was struck in the rear by a 2000 Ford Escort, driven by Regina Wedemeyer, 19, of Ava.
No one was believed to be seriously injured in the crash.
A second wreck happened on Friday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m., on Highway 5 at SW 4th Ave., near the Ava Assembly of God Church.
That crash occurred when a southbound 1999 GMC Suburban driven by Paul E. Neighbour, 59, of Ava, stopped in traffic and was hit in the rear by a 2014 Ford Focus, also traveling south, driven by Brandi J. Hood, 35, of Battlefield.
Ms. Hood was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield by Cox Ambulance-Ava, with moderate injuries.
Neither Neighbour nor a passenger, Jared W. Teague, 16, of Ava, sought medical attention.
The wreck was investigated by Tpr. Justin Piccinino, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, assisted by Tpr. Amye Johnson, the Ava Police Dept, and Ava City Fire Dept.
Both occupants of the Neighbour vehicle were wearing seatbelts while Hood was not, according to the Highway Patrol.
It is reported that a motorcyclist injured in a wreck in Ava on Aug. 10 is still in the hospital, recoving from injuries sustained in a crash at the intersection of Highways 5 and 14.
According to the report filed by Ava Police, Jodylynn Barnett, 30, of Mtn. Home, Ark., was traveling west on Highway 14, attempting to turn left onto Highway 5, and collided with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by Gary Hutchison, 46, of Sparta.
Hutchison was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield by Cox Ambulance-Ava.
Cpl. Tim Stuart, of the Ava Police Dept., was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Charlie Hogue of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to the police report, both drivers entered the intersection on a yellow light.
The Highway Patrol investigated a wreck at the Douglas-Wright County line Monday afternoon, Aug. 25, that sent a Seymour man to the hospital.
Troop G Willow Springs reported the wreck happened at 3:40 p.m. in Douglas County, eight miles north of Ava on Highway 5.
The Patrol reported that Jerry L. Allmon, 69, of Seymour, was traveling south on Highway 5 when his 2008 Saturn Aura crossed the center line, hit a sign, a fence and a pole, coming to rest in a field.
A second southbound vehicle, a 2011 Dodge truck, driven by Richard R. Rehr, 78, of Champaign, Ill., was struck by electrical lines from the pole.
Allmon suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by ambulance. Rehr was apparently not hurt and drove his vehicle from the scene.
The wreck was investigated by Highway Patrol Cpl. Amye Johnson, assisted by Tpr. Justin Piccinino, Wright County Sheriff’s Dept., Mansfield Police Dept., and Mansfield Fire & Rescue.

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