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Four killed in Halloween night accident on Gravel Hill Road in White County
Arkansas State Police logoWhite County, Ark. — Four persons were killed in a Halloween night accident here when a Jeep carrying two young women and two juvenile girls went off Gravel Hill Road in the fog.
Arkansas State Police said Alexandria Simkins, 20, Codi Rice, 19, both of Cabot and two unidentified juvenile girls were killed when the Jeep they were in overcorrected after it went off the road, spun counter clockwise in the road, then left the road again, overturned and hit a tree. Simkins was identified as the driver of the ’12 Jeep.
The juveniles late were identified as Brooke Butler, 15, and Sydney Shumate, 16.
The accident occurred at 10:40 p.m. Halloween night on Gravel Hill Road, just north of Highway 31. Police said it was foggy at the time of the accident, and the road was wet.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered Monday at Cabot High School to pray for each other and the family of the victims of Saturday’s car accident.
The victims were taken to Powell Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the New Life Church – Cabot.
To view our story on the funerals Nov. 6-7, with photos and links to obituaries, click HERE

West Plains man killed in two-pickup truck crash on U.S. 63 near Willow Springs Halloween Eve; funeral Nov. 4
MSHP-logoWillow Springs, Mo. — A 50-year-old West Plains, Mo., man was killed early Friday Halloween eve in a two-truck collision on U.S. Highway 63 five miles south of Willow Springs.
Missouri State Highway Patrol said Kenneth D. Ginn, 50, was killed when the ’05 Ford pickup truck he was driving was rear-ended by a ’12 GMC pickup truck driven by Chad M. Arnold, 49, of Rolla, Mo.
Highway Patrol said when Ginn’s pickup was hit it crossed the median, overturned, crossed the southbound lanes of 63, partially ejected the driver and came to rest on the west side of the road.
A passenger in Ginn’s truck, Lisa M.Brown, 47 of West Plains was transported by ambulance to Ozarks Regional Medical Center (OMC) in West Plains. Police reported she suffered moderate injury.
The driver of the GMC pickup was not reported injured, according to the police report..
Kenneth Ginn was pronounced at the scene by acting Coroner Sheriff J. Mike Shannon. The victim was taken to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains.
The funeral for Kenneth D. Ginn will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the funeral home, 211 W. Main St., with burial at Union Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
To view the obituary, click HERE.

Teen-age Licking girl killed in Halloween evening accident on State Highway BB
MSHP-logoLicking, Mo. — A 17-year-old Licking girl was killed early Halloween evening when the car she was riding in left the road, over turned several times and hit a tree. She was thrown from the vehicle in the accident.
Missouri State Highway Patrol said Kelsie M. Hayes, 17, was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital, in Houston, Mo., where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Hawkins.
The car she was riding in was driven by Austin W. Diedrich, 18, of Licking. His ’93 Mazda MX3 was eastbound on Missouri Route BB five miles southwest of Licking when the accident occurred at about 4:50 p.m. in Texas County.
Diedrich was not reported injured in the accident. He subsequently has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and DWI.

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