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Published April 8, 2020

Man receives serious injuries in motorcycle accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A motorcycle driver has suffered serious injuries while attempted to pass several vehicles.

On Sunday March 29 at 4:06 p.m. on Highway 42 near Crosswinds Drive in Miller County, The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said an eastbound 2019 Suzuki GSX, driven by Gene Calantoc, 35, of St. Robert, MO, traveled into the westbound lane to pass several vehicles.

The motorcycle was then struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Joseph Christian, 18, of Wildwood, MO who was traveling westbound.

Calantoc was ejected from the bike and came to rest in the roadway.

Debris from the motorcycle struck two eastbound vehicles: a 2012 Dodge Ram, driven by Scott Weller, 37, of Tuscumbia, MO, and a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 16-year-old juvenile from Brumley, MO.

A fifth vehicle, an eastbound 2019 Harley Davidson, driven by Montez Cammon, 31, also of St. Robert, MO, attempted to avoid a collision with the Ram and 2003 Silverado.

The only injuries sustained in this accident were by the two motorcycle riders.

Calantoc received serious injuries and was flown by MU Air to University Hospital. Cammon received minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

The Suzuki was totaled and towed from the scene. The Harley Davidson received moderate damage and was also towed from the scene.

The 2015 Silverado received moderate damage and was also towed.

The other vehicles took on minor damage and were driven from the accident.

All involved were wearing their safety devices.

A single vehicle accident the next day sent a juvenile to the hospital.

At 7:45 a.m. on Highway 5 one-half mile south of Versailles, a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville, driven by a 16-year-old juvenile from Versailles, was northbound when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and a culvert.

He sustained moderate injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Capitol Region Medical Center. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device. The vehicle was totaled in the accident.

At 1:30 p.m. that same day another accident the MSHP blamed on excessive speed and road conditions sent a woman to the hospital.

A 1995 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Ashley Wilson, 29, of Versailles, MO, was traveling east on Coffee Road 300 feet east of Anchorage Road in Morgan County when the driver lost control due to “washboard road and excessive speed” which caused the vehicle to travel off the right side of the road and where it struck a stump.

Wilson suffered minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Lake Regional Hospital.

The MSHP report stated that she was wearing a safety device in one part of the report but said she was not wearing one in the other section.

The vehicle received minor damage and was towed from the scene.

Last Thursday a single-vehicle accident sent a Versailles woman to the hospital.

According to the MSHP, at 2:40 p.m., 2010 Cadillac Escalade, driven by Jordyn Clites, 21, of Versailles, MO, was traveling north on Route D one-half mile north of Sims in Morgan County when the vehicle swerved to miss a truck and went off the right side of the road and overturned.

Clites suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital. She was wearing a safety device. The vehicle was totaled.

Later that same evening in Morgan County (9:45 p.m.) another single vehicle accident sent a man to the hospital.

A 2007 GMC Sierra, driven by Brian Fuget, 47, of Clarence, MO, was southbound on Ivy Bend Road south of Leprechaun Road when, according to the MSHP, the vehicle went off the left side of the road, struck a retaining wall and became airborne.

A passenger in the vehicle, Justin Goodwin, 26, of center, MO, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

Both the driver and passenger were wearing safety devices. The vehicle suffered moderate damage.

At 11:05 p.m. Fuget was charged by the MSHP with the following:

• Fail to Drive on the Right Half of the Roadway
• No Insurance

He was transported to the Morgan County Jail.

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