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Republic woman dies in crash

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Staff Writer

OREGON COUNTY -- A fiery crash claimed the life of a Missouri woman near Thayer April 18.

The accident occurred on Highway 63, two miles north of Thayer when a 1996 Ford driven by John Sitz, 59, of Williford, Ark., crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1996 Oldsmobile driven by Sandra Robinson, 51, of Republic, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Sitz's vehicle continued south and struck a northbound 2002 Ford driven by Harriet Rodriguez, 54, of Springfield. Sitz's vehicle came to rest on its side in the roadway and caught fire.

Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene by Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward.

Sitz received serious injuries and was transferred to St. John's Regional Health Center. His passenger, W.E. Hughes, 70, of Hardy, received moderate injuries and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Rodriguez was not injured in the accident, the report said.

Sitz's and Robinson's vehicles were both totaled in the wreck, the report said.

The accident was investigated by Trooper S.L. Nelson and Sgt. D.D. Finley with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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