Thursday, July 7, 2022

Update: Fatality accident Tuesday afternoon in Vernon County

On July 5th around 1:15 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County along with Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies and several emergency personnel responded to a fatality accident on I-49 around 3 miles north of Nevada near the Compton Junction Exit.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2017 Nissan Altima driven by Naomi S. Bealer of Van Buren, Arkansas was traveling southbound, crossed the center of the median and into the northbound lane striking the 2020 Hyundai Tuscon driven by 25 year old Maria F. Campos of Houston, Texas.

A third vehicle a 2019 Honda Pilot driven by 67 year old Stephen L. Schafer of Lees Summit, Missouri attempted to avoid hitting this accident and travelled into the median striking the Nissan on the drivers side door. The Nissan then caught on fire. 

Naomi S. Bealer was pronounced dead at the scene of this accident and her body was transported to Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Two other people in the Honda 67 year old Stephen L. Schafer of Lees Summit, Missouri and 64 year old Brenda L. Schafer both sustained serious injuries in this accident and both were transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

This is Troop D of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 53rd Fatality accident of the year 2022.

View accident report below:

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