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 July 10, 2019

Three injured in boating accidents


(Editor’s note: Boating and traffic accidents for Sunday July 7 were not available at press time).

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Only two incidents with three injuries occurred on the lake over the holiday period. No fatalities were recorded.

The first incident happened on July 3 at 9:45 p.m. at Spring Branch Cove at the 28 mile marker in Camden County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) a 2003 Baja, driven by Rick Hansen, 66, of Wilton IA, struck a dock and an unoccupied 2018 Crest Continental Tritoon, before coming to rest partially through the dock roof.

Hansen received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital and then flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital.

The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

The Baja received extensive damage while the Tritoon suffered moderate damage.

The other accident occurred on Saturday, July 6 at the 3.9 mile marker of the Gravois Arm in Morgan County.

At 2:53 p.m., a 1995 Chaparral, driven by Steve Mason, 63, of Buckner, MO, was pulling a tube when it struck several wakes causing the tubers to be ejected, injuring a 14-year-old female.

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

On the roads, a single accident in a golf cart sent four people to the hospital last Saturday.

According to the MSHP, a 2011 EZGO Golf Cart driven by Grace Reese, 26, of Platte, MO, was traveling down a hill with no lights on when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

Injured in the accident were:

• Olivia Taphorn, 25, of Kansas City, MO, who received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital.
• Madison Lancaster, 23, of Ottowa, KS, received moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional by private vehicle.
• Meredith Henderson, 23, of Richardson, TX, also received moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional by private vehicle.
• Madison Campbell, 25, of Robinson, KS, received minor injuries and was transported to Lake Regional by private vehicle.

Neither the occupants nor the driver were wearing a safety device.

Reese was arrested and charged with the following:

1. DWI – Alcohol – Physical Injury
2. Operate a Motor Vehicle Owned by Another Knowing Owner of Vehicle has not Maintained Financial Responsibility
3. Unlawfully Operated All Terrain Vehicle on Highway Without Lighted Equipment
4. Operate a Motor Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner involving an Accident.

She was taken to the Camden County Jail.

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