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 January 3, 2018

No fatalities in lake area during Christmas holiday

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – There were no fatalities reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) in the lake area over the Christmas Holiday counting period.

Only one accident was reported by the MSHP in the lake area during the Christmas counting period that began at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 22 and ran through Monday, December 25.

The accident occurred on December 24 at 8:30 a.m. in Morgan County.

According to the MSHP, a 2007 Toyota TC, driven by Kaylee Wilson, 18, of Versailles, MO was northbound on Golden Beach Road just over a half mile north of Valley View lane when the vehicle lost traction and slid off the left side of the roadway where it struck a embankment.

Wilson suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital. She was wearing a safety device.

But in other parts of the state, there were five people who died in traffic crashes over the counting period.

Statewide the patrol investigated 491 traffic crashes, which included 125 injuries and four of the five fatalities. Officers from the Springfield Police Department investigated one of the fatalities.

Troopers also arrested 91 people for driving while impaired and made 49 drug arrests over the Christmas holiday.

There were no boating crashes. No one drowned over the 2017 Christmas counting period.

During last year’s Christmas holiday counting period, the Patrol investigated 260 traffic crashes, which included 86 injuries and five fatalities.

In addition, troopers arrested 68 people for driving while impaired and made 40 drug arrests over the 2016 Christmas holiday.

There were also no boating crashes or drownings over the 2016 counting period.

Two of the fatalities occurred in each of the Troop A, Lee's Summit, and Troop D, Springfield, areas; and one fatality occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area.

No fatalities occurred as a result of traffic crashes on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Three fatalities occurred as a result of traffic crashes on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

According to the MSHP, Teagan E. Birdno, 19, of Carrollton, MO, and Matthew D. Landi, 21, of Carrollton, MO, both died when the vehicle in which they were passengers ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, struck a tree, and then overturned.

The crash occurred in Carroll County on Missouri Highway CC east of County Road 261.

Neither Birdno nor Landi were wearing seat belts; they were both ejected from the vehicle.

Caroll County Coroner Jeff Cohler pronounced both subjects deceased at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle and a third passenger sustained serious and minor injuries, respectively. Neither were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash the MSHP said.

Charles Terbrock, 85, of Foristell, MO, died when the vehicle he was driving slid on the icy roadway of a bridge, struck the concrete bridge rail (passenger side of vehicle), returned to the roadway before striking the guardrail (passenger side) on the opposite side of the roadway, then overturned onto its passenger side.

The crash occurred in Lincoln County on U.S. Highway 61 northbound, north of the Lincoln County and St. Charles County line.

Terbrock was not wearing a seat belt. Emergency personnel pronounced Terbrock dead at the scene of the crash.

Two fatalities occurred as a result of traffic crashes on December 24, 2017.

Steven A. Mayer, 26, of Fair Grove, MO, died after he was struck by a vehicle.

Mayer was a pedestrian at the time of the crash, which occurred in Greene County at the intersection of Kansas Expressway and Mount Vernon in Springfield, MO. The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the crash. The Springfield Police Department investigated the crash.

Christopher M. Loch, 38, of Springfield, MO, died after the vehicle he was driving, which had been in a traffic crash and was disabled, was struck by another vehicle. The crash occurred in Lawrence County on Interstate 44 west of Mount Vernon, MO.

Loch was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Lawrence County Deputy Coroner Larry Eden pronounced Loch dead at the scene of the crash.

No fatalities occurred as a result of a traffic crash on December 25, 2017.

Note: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, or if other departments report fatal traffic crashes after this news release was sent to the media

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