The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

 

Published June 3, 2020

No deaths in lake area over holiday


LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) reported that there were no fatalities on the lake or on the roads in Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties over the Memorial Day Holiday period.

That period began at 6 p.m., Friday, May 22 and ran through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.

Only one boating accident was reported and that happened on Sunday May 24 on the Gravois Arm of the lake.

The MSHP said that a 2000 Polaris Personal Watercraft, driven by Kahleb Adams, 21, of Columbia, MO, was on the lake when the vessel hit a wave causing Adams to impact the PWC and be ejected into the water.

He suffered moderate injuries but refused treatment at the scene. He was wearing a safety device.

There were, however, several accidents on the road during the counting period with the first one on Saturday, May 23 in Camden County.

According to the MSHP, at 11:15 p.m., a 1997 Ford F150, driven by Michael Hayes, 41, of Macks Creek, MO, was southbound on Route J north of Taylor Road, when the vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and into the northbound lane.

At that time a 1992 Dodge Power Ram, driven by Travis Stone, 39, of Camdenton, MO, was northbound when it traveled around a corner approaching the Ford.

Both vehicles went into the southbound lane and impacted.

Hayes received serious injuries and was transported by MU Air Ambulance to University Hospital.

A passenger in the Dodge, Jennifer Bowen, 42, of Camdenton, MO, also received serious injuries and was transported by MU Air Ambulance to University Hospital.

Stone received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. The MSHP said none of them were wearing a safety device.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash

The next accident took place the next day at 9:25 a.m. in Morgan County when a 1994 Honda Civic, driven by Consuella Smith, 38, of Gravois Mills, MO, failed to negotiate a left curve on Proctor Road, just east of Route J, which resulted in the vehicle traveling off the right side of the road hitting a tree.

A passenger in the vehicle, Trestin Johns, 18, also of Gravois Mills, MO, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

The vehicle received extensive damage. Neither was wearing a safety device, the MSHP stated.

On Monday May 25 at 7:25 p.m., another single-vehicle accident sent a woman to the hospital.

A 2012 Kia Rio, driven by Ravin Williams, 18, of Defiance, MO, was eastbound on Route TT 163 feet north of Three Oaks Drive when this vehicle also failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.

A passenger in the vehicle, Hannah Sinn, 18, of O’Fallon, MO, received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

Both were wearing their safety devices. The car received extensive damage.

At 8:03 p.m. Ravin Williams was charged by the MSHP with the following:

1. DWI with Serious Physical Injury
2. Fail to Maintain Right Half of the Roadway Resulting in a Crash.

She was taken to the Camden County Jail.

On Wednesday May 27 (after the Memorial Day counting period) a three-vehicle accident in Camden County sent two people to the hospital.

According to the MSHP, at 2:40 p.m. a 2009 Chrysler Town and County, driven by James Roberts, 58, of Richland, MO, was westbound on Route 5 east of Stonecrest when the vehicle traveled into the eastbound lane and struck a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, driven by a 17-year-old, from Iberia, MO.

The Impala traveled off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.

The Town and Country then struck a bridge and traveled back into the westbound lane where it struck a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Kenneth Julius, 68, of St. Louis, MO, head-on.

Roberts received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon.

A passenger in the Town and Country, Karen Whelan, 65, also of St. Louis, MO, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon.

Both she and the driver of the Jeep were wearing their safety devices.

The Jeep and the Town and Country were totaled while the Impala suffered moderate damage.

On Thursday May 28 a deer was to blame for a one-vehicle accident that left an Illinois woman with serious injuries.

The MSHP said a 2016 Scion IM, driven by April Hubbard, 24, of Manville, IL, was northbound on Little Proctor Road just south of Center Road in Morgan County when a deer ran out in front of the vehicle.

Hubbard swerved to miss the deer and traveled off the road and struck a tree. She received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

She was wearing a safety device.

The vehicle was totaled in the accident.

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