Funeral Set For Bentonville Sisters Killed In Rollover Crash

Posted on: 5:21 pm, December 31, 2013, by

Boxx Family

Boxx Family

Funeral arrangements have been set for the two Bentonville sisters killed last week in a traffic crash.

Katelyn M. Boxx, 16, and Bethany J. Boxx, 20, will be laid to rest Saturday at First Baptist Church in Rogers, according to a website being maintained by the crash victims’ family.

The Boxx sisters were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash Dec. 26, after a pickup truck reportedly slammed into their family van, overturning it in McDonald County, Mo., according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene by McDonald County Coroner B.J. Goodwin at the 2:45 p.m. accident on U.S. 71 in Pineville, Mo., the report states. Their bodies were taken to Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.

The Boxx family said focus has been put on making sure the surviving sister Gracen is OK.

The surviving sister of the accident, Gracen V. Boxx, 18, was hospitalized with serious injuries at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo. She was released from the intensive care unit Monday.

Her aunt, Sandy Tompkins of Kansas, said Gracen was taken off a ventilator on Saturday (Dec. 28) and has made “great breakthroughs.”

Bentonville High School, where the sisters had gone to school, will have grief counselors on hand when students and faculty return early next month from the winter holiday break, said Michael Poore, superintendent.

The driver of the 2000 Toyota Sienna van, David L. Boxx, 51, was hospitalized with moderate injuries at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, the report states. Tompkins said David has been unemployed for about a year.

Janet M. Boxx, 50, was hospitalized with minor injuries at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark.

Also, O’Rane G. Williams, 21, of Conway, Ark., was taken by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., with moderate injuries, the report states. Tompkins said Williams is in Conway recovering.

The accident happened when a 2002 Dodge Ram driven by Troy C. Robbins, 19, of Pineville, Mo., changed lanes in front of a 2013 Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by Roger D. Wilson, 47, of Muldrow, Okla. Their vehicles were traveling north on U.S. 71, the report states.

After the Dodge Ram changed lanes in front of the Chevrolet, the Chevrolet struck the Dodge Ram in the rear. The Dodge Ram then crossed the center of the roadway and struck the van on the driver’s side.  At impact, the van, which had been going southbound, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, the report states.

The Dodge Ram and Chevrolet received “extensive” damage, but the drivers were not hospitalized, according to the report.