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 May 22, 2024

Serious injuries in rollover crash

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Halfway man is in serious condition following a one-vehicle accident last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Wednesday (May 15) at 5:45 a.m., Cody Battles, 21, of Halfway, MO, was driving a 2008 Infiniti G35 south on Highway 73 south of Pennington Drive in Camden County, when the vehicle went off the right side of the road.

Battles overcorrected, returned to the road, crossed the center of the road and ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a ditch, overturned, hit two trees and returned to the roadway.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken by EMS to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO. He was not wearing a seat belt. The car was totaled in the crash.

The week started out with a juvenile getting injured in another 2008 Infiniti.

At 6:45 p.m. on Monday May 13, a 2008 Infiniti EX35, driven by a 17-year-old juvenile male from Camdenton, MO, was northbound on Highway 5 north of Harvest Road when the vehicle crossed the center of the road, hydroplaned and hit a bridge rail.

The juvenile had minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Lake Regional Hospital. He was wearing a seat belt. The Infiniti had moderate damage.

An Eldon man received minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday in Miller County.

According to the MSHP, at 5:05 p.m., a 14-year-old male from Eldon, MO, was driving a 1995 GMC Sonoma west on Witt Road east of Hickory Road “too fast for the curve” and lost control.

The vehicle slid on the gravel and the 14-year-old overcorrected causing the vehicle to go off the right side of the road where it hit a tree.

A passenger in the vehicle, Trenton Hook, 18, also of Eldon, MO, suffered minor injuries and was taken by EMS to Lake Regional Hospital.

Neither the driver nor the occupant was wearing a seat belt. The GMC had extensive damage.

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