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Published January 23, 2020

Iberia man dies in collision with Peterbilt


LAKE OF THE OZARKS – An Iberia man is dead after a collision with a Peterbilt last week in Miller County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Tuesday (January 14) at 10:00 a.m., a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Thomas Ciavarella, 45, of Iberia, MO, was traveling westbound on Route BB when the vehicle approached Highway 42.

The MSHP said Ciavarella failed to yield at the junction while attempting to turn left onto Highway 42 and pulled in front of a 1990 Peterbilt, driven by Brandon Whittle, 44, of Brumley, MO.

After the collision both vehicles skidded off the left side of the roadway where the Malibu collided with a mailbox.

Ciavarella was pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Deputy Coroner Barbara Bennett. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

The Malibu was totaled and the Peterbilt received moderate damage.

In other accidents last week:

Inattentiveness was to blame, according to the MSHP, for a single-vehicle accident on Route 5 later that same day.

At 8:35 p.m., a 2007 Ford Focus, driven by Sage Nicholas, 18, of Rolla, MO, was traveling southbound when the vehicle approached the section where the roadway switches from two lanes to four.

“Driver 1 was inattentive to the roadway going from 2 to 4 lanes and swerved to avoid a road sign,” the MSHP report stated.

The vehicle then went off the right side of the road and struck a bluff.

Nicholas received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. The vehicle was totaled. She was wearing a safety device.

A Rocky Mount woman received moderate injuries in a single-vehicle accident last Thursday in Morgan County.

According to the MSHP, at 9:20 p.m. on Route W at Brendel Boulevard, a 1999 Ford Ranger, driven by Alethea Johnson, 54, of Rocky Mount, MO, was northbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and a concrete retaining wall.

Johnson was received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. The MSHP stated she was not wearing a safety device. The vehicle received minor damage.

At 10:11 p.m., Johnson was charged with the following:

• Driving while Intoxicated (DWI)
• Careless and Imprudent Driving
• No Seat Belt
• Fail to Display Valid Plates

She was released for medical treatment.

On Friday January 17, ice was to blame for another single-vehicle accident in Morgan County.

At 11:10 a.m. on Highway 52 one-half mile west of Stevenson Lane, a 1997 Mercury Cougar, driven by Alexis Mullins, 18, of Versailles, MO, was eastbound when the vehicle slid on the ice, traveled off the left side of the roadway and hit a fence.

Mullins received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. She was wearing a safety device. The vehicle received minor damage.

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