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 15, 2021
No deaths in the lake area over the Labor Day holiday
LAKE OF THE OZARKS – There were no fatalities on the roads or on the water over the Labor Day holiday counting period, which ran from 6 p.m., Friday, September 3, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 6 but there were several accidents.
On the roads
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) the first accident occurred on Friday, September 3 at 8:05 p.m. in Camden County when a 2003 GMC Yukon XL, driven by April Monte, 40, of Macks Creek, MO, was traveling east on West Branch Road west of Kennedy Drive.
Charles Eidson, 43, also of Macks Creek, MO was walking east on the westbound side of the roadway and was struck by the vehicle somewhere in the area of the passenger door. He received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.
At 8:22 p.m., a two vehicle accident in Camden County sent a man to the hospital.
The MSHP reported that the accident took place on Teton Lane in Camdenton when a 2006 Polaris Ranger, driven by Gerald Alvey, 78, of Camdenton, MO, struck a pedestrian, a parked vehicle (a 2010 Dodge Caravan) and a residence.
The pedestrian, Jeremiah Keating, 65, of Roach, MO, suffered serious injuries and was transported by MU Air to University Hospital in Columbia, MO.
Both vehicles had minor damage.
On Sunday September 5, a two vehicle accident in Miller County sent two people to the hospital.
According to the MSHP, at 10:30 p.m. on Highway 54 East of Route MM, a 2006 Mercury Mariner, driven by William Stiller, 61, of Versailles, MO was driving west in the eastbound lanes and struck a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Robert Nowlin, 82, of Mexico, MO.
Stiller suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Nowlin received moderate injuries and was taken by EMS to Capitol Region. Both were wearing their seat belts.
The Mariner was totaled and the Equinox had extensive damage.
At 11:40 p.m., William Stiller was arrested and charged with the following:
He was taken to the Miller County Jail.
On the water
The MSHP reported only one accident during the counting period and that happened on Sunday, September 5 at the 6.2 Mile Marker, Indian Creek Cove, when a 2000 28ft Chaparral, driven by Thomas Sanders, 53, of Moberly, MO, traveled over a wake which caused both occupants to become airborne and impact the vessel.
Ryleigh Sanders, 21, of Springfield, MO, received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
Robyn Calicott, 47, also of Moberly, MO, suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. None on board were wearing a life jacket.
After the holiday period
According to the MSHP, at 12:17 p.m. last Tuesday (September 7) on Highway 135 at the Route T south junction in Morgan County, a 2014 Ford Explorer, driven by Barbara Ellison, 66, of Kansas City, MO, turned left into the path of a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Benjamin Mullet, 36, of Harrisonville, MO.
Ellison received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. Both were wearing their seat belts and both vehicles were totaled in the crash.
Last Saturday a one-vehicle accident left a man with serious injuries.
The MSHP reported that a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Joshua Howard, 29, of Wheat Ridge, CO, was eastbound on Route P east of Old Eight Road at 4:20 a.m. in Morgan County when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and overturned.
Howard suffered serious injuries and was taken by Lake West EMS to Lake Regional Hospital. He was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle was totaled in the crash.
At 1:01 p.m. that day another single vehicle accident left two people with minor injuries.
The accident occurred on VFW Road one-half mile west of Highway 52 in Miller County.
According to the MSHP, a 2007 Mercury mariner, driven by Jaime Lieberman, 30, of Versailles, MO “was traveling too fast on a gravel road and driver 1 (Lieberman) lost control in a curve in the road. (The) vehicle skidded off the left side of the roadway and overturned.”
Lieberman and a passenger, Dani Nickels, 24, also of Versailles, MO, received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. The MSHP said Lieberman was wearing a seat belt but Nickels was not. The vehicle had extensive damage.
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