A Buffalo woman died Wednesday, July 31, after a crash on U.S. 65 south of Buffalo, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sharron M. Evans, 76, and Jackie L. Neill, 77, both of Buffalo, were in a 2018 Polaris Ranger utility vehicle when the eastbound Polaris attempted to cross the northbound lane of U.S. 65 at 2:59 p.m. July 31 one mile south of Buffalo. The Polaris pulled into the path of a northbound 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, and the Dodge struck the front right corner of the Polaris, causing the Polaris to spin and ejecting both Evans and Neill. The Dodge, driven by Nicholas L. Fry Jr., 18, of Long Lane, then skidded off the road and struck a sign.

It is unknown whether Evans or Neill was driving the Polaris, according to the Highway Patrol.

Evans was pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m. July 31 by Dallas County Coroner Bob Whetsten.

Neill suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, Springfield. Fry suffered minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Dallas County Family Medical Center, Buffalo. As required by law, the surviving driver was tested for alcohol, according to the Highway Patrol.

Neither Evans nor Neill were wearing safety devices, but Fry was wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol.

This was Troop D’s 63rd fatality for 2019.

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