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 November 20, 2019

Icy roads, deer, take the blame in accidents last week

LAKE OF THE OZARKS Several people were injured in various accidents on the road last week including the icy Monday (November 11).

The first accident occurred in Morgan County at 12:53 p.m. on Highway 52 at Route T.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) the accident happened when a 2000 Chevrolet Prizm, driven by Cierra Kelly, 24, of Stover, MO, was northbound approaching the intersection of Highway 52.

The Prizm failed to stop at the intersection with the stop sign, skidding and sliding when it traveled into the path of an eastbound 2014 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by Raymond Lichtenauer, 75, also of Stover, MO.

The Dodge Ram struck the Prizm which then began sliding and traveled off the south side of Highway 52 and came to rest.

The Dodge Ram began sliding and traveled off the north side of Highway 52 where it also came to rest.

Kelly received moderate injuries and was transported by EMS to Bothwell.

The MSHP stated that the truck received minor damage while the Prizm received no damage. It was unknown if either were wearing a safety device.

Later that same day (4:43 p.m.) in Miller County, a one-vehicle accident sent a woman to the hospital.

The MSHP said that a 2004 Ford Escape, driven by Michelle Nolan, 32, of Lake Ozark, MO, was traveling north on Route Y near Rabbit Hill Road when the vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned.

Nolan was transported to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. She was wearing a safety device.

At 8:52 p.m. that day in Camden County, another one-vehicle accident left a man with minor injuries.

According to the MSHP, a 2010 GMC Sierra, driven by Kegan Ray, 23, of Macks Creek, MO, was westbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail and went down an embankment.

Ray received minor injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device. The truck was listed at totaled.

At 9:30 p.m., Kegan Ray was charged with Possession of Marijuana less than 10 grams and DWI-1st.

He was released for medical treatment.

Last Thursday, even though the roads were back to normal, danger was still present in the form of a deer, as one driver found out.

At 9:02 p.m. on Highway 52 just east of McGuire Lane in Miller County, a 2007 Saturn Aura, driven by Joseph Laven, 26, of Warrensburg, MO, was eastbound when the deer appeared.

While attempting to avoid the deer, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and struck the ground and a fence.

A passenger in the car, Kalli Laven, 23, also of Warrensburg, MO, received moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital.

The MSHP said that Joseph was wearing a safety device but Kalli was not.

The vehicle was totaled in the accident.

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