Sandra J. Romans, 48, of West Plains, a passenger in a 1997 Ford Econoline van, died when the van, driven by Jeffery W. Davidson, 29, of West Plains, went off the right side of Highway 17 at 11:15 p.m. Jan. 16 ten miles south of Mountain View, hit an embankment, overturned and hit a utility pole. Davidson, who was buckled, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Romans was not wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol.
Heidi A. Hayes, 37, of West Plains sustained minor injuries at 6:10 p.m. Jan. 14 when the 1996 Ford Ranger she was riding in westbound on Highway 142 near Couch School hit a cow in the roadway. Driver Randy L. Tucker, 38, of Doniphan was not injured. Both were wearing seat belts, according to the patrol. Hayes was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.