A 71-year-old Seymour woman known by many in the community tragically died late last Thursday morning in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60 at the Highway A intersection in Diggins — the site of many automobile accidents over the past two decades.
Judy K. (Young) Hill was killed in the aforementioned 11:37 a.m. accident when she drove her southbound 1999 Lincoln Town Car “into the path” of a westbound 2012 Dodge Avenger driven by a 17-year-old West Plains man, who wasn’t identified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol because he is a minor, according to a radio report filed by Trooper J.W. Philpott of the patrol.
Philpott’s report said Hill was pronounced dead at the accident scene at 12:35 p.m. Thursday by Robby Jernigan, Webster County’s deputy coroner.
The surviving driver from West Plains was tested at the scene for alcohol, as required by state law.
A passenger in his vehicle, also 17 years old and female, was taken by ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield with what the patrol said were moderate injuries.
Assisting Philpott at the accident scene were two members of the patrol, Trooper Austin M. James and Sgt. Bryan C. Gruben of the Major Crash Investigation Team.
Per the accident report, Hill and the 17-year-old female passenger in the Dodge Avenger were not wearing seatbelts.
However, the 17-year-old male driver of the Dodge was wearing his seatbelt.
Hill was known by many as a longtime member of the Seymour community who resided in the city. For many years, she and her son, Travis Young, sold a wide variety of produce in the summer months at a stand on North Main Street, across from The Seymour Bank.
Both vehicles were towed from the accident scene by Yates Boys Towing of Seymour.
Hill’s body was taken from the accident scene to Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Seymour. Her funeral services were held Monday at the Liberty Cemetery, located north of Seymour on Highway C.