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 September 11, 2019

Holiday weekend accidents send people to hospital but no deaths

LAKE OF THE OZARKS Though there were no fatalities on the lake during the Labor Day Holiday period, there were several accidents that resulted in injuries.

The first one occurred on Saturday, August 31 at the .2 Mile Marker of the Gravois Arm in Morgan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) at 3:25 p.m., a 2018 Seadoo Personal Watercaft (PWC), driven by Michael Forth, 22, of St. Louis, MO, was southbound when it hit a 2001 Yamaha PWC, driven by Robert Borgers, 22, of Cedar Hill, MO, head on.

Forth received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.

Both drivers were wearing their safety devices.

Another collision occurred on Sunday, September 1 at the 8.5 Mile Marker of the Big Niangua in Camden County.

At 6:10 p.m. the MSHP said a 2016 Yamaha PWC, driven by Toni Hutsell, 25, of Adrian, MO, turned into the path of a 2000 Maxim Runabout, driven by Eric Kilgore, 40, of Wentzville, MO.

Hutsell received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. She was wearing a safety device.

The Runabout received minor damage while the PWC was totaled.

The MSHP charged Hutsell with the following charges:

1. BWI (Boating While Intoxicated)
2. Operate a Boat in a Careless and Imprudent Manner
3. No Boater Safety Card

Another collision happened seven minutes later in Morgan County at the six Mile Marker of the Gravois Arm, Indian Creek Cove.

According to the MSHP, a 2003 Playcraft Pontoon, driven by Casey Schoenborn, 33, of Wichita, KS, was attempting to turn around, accelerated and struck a dock, then backed into a docked vessel.

An occupant of the vessel, Michael Miller, 39, also of Wichita, KS, received minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

Schoenborn was charged with the following:

1. BWI Alcohol
2. Operate a Boat Without A Boating Safety Card

Though there were no fatalities on the roads in the lake area over the holiday period, but several accidents sent people to the hospital.

The first accident was August 31 at 10:33 p.m. on Route TT at Highway 5.

The MSHP said that a 1981 Dodge Ram 150, driven by Matthew Zigler, 40, of West Plains, MO, was attempting to make a U-turn when the passenger, Wendy Zigler, 44, also of West Plains, opened the door and fell out of the vehicle, striking her head.

She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries. She was not wearing a safety device but Matthew was.

On September 1 at 1:03 a.m., an ATV accident sent a woman to the hospital.

April Jeffries, 36, of Moscow Mills, MO, was driving a Polaris Sportsman ATV on Howard Road approximately one-half mile north of Wonderland Road in Morgan County, when the vehicle struck a small tree ejecting the driver.

She was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. She was not wearing a safety device.

At 11 a.m. that same day, a two-vehicle accident left a man with serious injuries.

According to the MSHP, a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by a 17-year-old female from Olean, MO, was west bound at MO 87 at Route P in Miller County when she turned into the path of a 1997 Chevrolet 1500, driven by Collin Williams, 22, of Osage Beach, MO.

The 1500 struck the Cavalier in the side, traveled off the road, struck a utility pole and a highway sign.

The female and a male occupant of the Cavalier, also 17, (from Camdenton, MO) were taken to the hospital by private vehicle. They were both wearing safety devices.

Williams sustained serious injuries and was transported by Ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

Both vehicles received extensive damage.

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