Former Neosho City Councilman in critical condition - KOAM TV 7

Former Neosho City Councilman in critical condition


The City of Neosho wishes to express sincere hopes for a speedy recovery for former Neosho City Councilman Jim Smallwood who was involved in a serious car accident Wednesday evening.

Smallwood served on the Neosho City Council from April 2004 to April 2007.

“Jim has always been a personal friend,” said Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson. “He is a genuinely great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Neosho Police Officers were dispatched at approximately 5:40 p.m. Dec. 3 to the area of Neosho Boulevard and Bond Street for a report of an injury accident.

Through the investigation, it was determined that a yellow 2014 Kia Soul, driven by Smallwood, was traveling southbound on Neosho Boulevard, and a maroon 2011 GMC Terrain was stopped in the turn lane in front of McDonalds restaurant. The yellow Kia crossed the center line into the turn lane and the two vehicles collided in the turn lane in front of McDonalds.

Smallwood was transported by Newton County Ambulance to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Smallwood is listed in critical condition in the ICU due to injuries sustained in the accident.

The two occupants in the GMC were uninjured and refused medical treatment on scene. Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to disabling damage.

If anyone has any questions or information regarding this accident, please contact the Neosho Police Department at 417-451-8012.

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