NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Just before 7:00 p.m. Friday evening Newton County Emergency Communications were alerted to reports of a crash near the address of 18505 Norway Road. Reports were a crash and then explosion and the car was on fire.

Missouri State Highway Patrol release preliminary information on Saturday regarding the crash where a juvenile female, 17, of Neosho, Mo. was killed.

Cpl. G.H. Hendrix states the 2006 Toyota Corolla crashed on Norway Road two miles east of Neosho. The female was the driver and sole occupant of the car that was traveling westbound.

“Occurred as [Toyota] left the roadway, struck a tree, and caught on fire, subject pronounced at 1858 by Deputy Coroner Jerry Deems”

Cpl. G.H. Hendrix

Ron’s Towing removed the vehicle and debris from the crash scene.


Next of kin are notified however the teen is not identified by Missouri State Highway Patrol. Common protocol is to withhold names of those involved in crashes 17 and younger when releasing information online. This was put into place about three years ago.

In a message to parents Saturday NHS said they would have counselors on hand, available to students.

“We are saddened to share the news that junior, Samantha (Sami) Hilgenberg passed away in a car accident Friday night. Sami was very active in Neosho FFA and was part of the NHS girls basketball team.

NHS FFA advisors said Sami was a true leader with a servant’s heart to help those around her. ‘Samantha always came into class with a smile on her face, even on her hardest days. She would ask ‘how can I help?’ We will remember her for her faith, her loyalty to her family, and her love for agriculture.’”


Services are being arranged by Clark’s Funeral Home in Neosho, Mo. and details will be available on their website.

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