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 August 12, 2020

Boat anchor kills Illinois man

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – What could be called a freak boating accident has resulted in the death of a Mainto IL man and a Gravois Mills man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on the roads, both of which happened last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the 19.5 Mile Marker of the Main Channel, a 1998 Four Winns 240 Horizon, driven by Craig Gathmann, 55, of Mainto, IL, was underway with the anchor still in the water when the tension in the rope caused the anchor to leave the water and strike Grathmann.

He was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m. by Dr. Raina Shanks.

This is Troop F’s first boating fatality for August.

Last Saturday at 11:15 p.m. a 1999 Mazda Miata, driven by Dillon Sola, 23, of Gravois Mills, MO was southbound on Route 5 just north of Santa Fe Road in Morgan County, when the vehicle travelled off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting the driver.

Sola was pronounced dead on the scene by Dr. Jones at 11:43 p.m. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

In other accidents on the lake last week:

A boat explosion on Sunday August 2 resulted in minor injuries for another Illinois man.

At 7:45 p.m. at the 21.2 Mile Marker Miller Hollow Cove in Camden County, a 2000 Mariah Z302, driven by Brian Lansing, 40, of Ursla, IL, was underway when it exploded.

A passenger in the vehicle, Nicholas Lansing, 69, also of Ursla IL, sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. The MSHP said the explosion was “Fuel and Propulsion/Generator related.”

The boat received moderate damage.

On the roads, an ATV accident sent two Brumley, MO, juveniles to the hospital.

Last Tuesday (August 4) at 11:10 a.m. on Tavern Creek Road just south of Watkins Ford Road in Miller County, a 1986 Honda ATV, driven by a 15-year-old juvenile, was northbound when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, travelled off the left side of the road, became airborne for a short distance and landed in a creek, ejecting the driver and a 16-year-old passenger.

Both received moderate injuries and were taken to Lake Regional Hospital. Neither was wearing a safety device. The ATV received extensive damage.

Later that day (5:40 p.m.) in Camden County, a one-vehicle accident sent a Richland man to the hospital.

According to the MSHP, a 2005 Ford Focus, driven by Dwayne Moore, 28, of Richland, MO, was southbound on Route 7 north of Richland when the driver lost control, crossed the centerline, travelled off the left side of the road, struck a driveway crossing, became airborne and overturned.

Moore received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. He was wearing a safety device. The vehicle was totaled in the accident.

An Olney, IL man escaped serious injuries after being hit by a Freightliner the same day.

At 1:50 p.m. on Lowell Williams Road north of Charlie Creek Road in Camden County, a 2014 Freightliner, driven by Lyndel Culbertson, 40, of Springfield, MO, was travelling north when it ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the center of the road and collided with a 2020 Ford F150, driven by Robbie Tubbs, 56, of Olney, IL.

Tubbs was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by Ambulance. Both drivers were wearing their safety devices. Both vehicles were totaled.

Another juvenile was injured in a one-vehicle accident last Friday.

At 3:05 p.m. on Towering Oaks Lane five feet from Gladstone Cove Road in Morgan County, a 2004 Honda CRF 100, driven by a 14-year-old male, failed to negotiate a curve and travelled off the right side of the road striking a mailbox and a sign.

The juvenile received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. He was wearing a safety device.

At 5:30 p.m. that same day on Ruby Hill Court in Camden County, a crash invoicing a 1983 Honda 185S resulted in two people receiving minor injuries.

The vehicle, driven by Angela Jointer, 19, of Mascoutah, IL, was northbound when the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck brush ejecting Jointer and a juvenile passenger.

Both were transported by private vehicle to Lake Regional Hospital. Neither was wearing a safety device. The Honda sustained minor damage.

A golf cart accident at 11:20 p.m. that day sent two juveniles to the hospital.

The golf cart, driven by Jeffrey Pestal, 30, of Higginsville, MO, was westbound on Red Hollow Road in Gravois Mills, MO when the cart struck a large rock and travelled off the left side of a dirt path and overturned.

The juvenile passengers, a male (who suffered moderate injuries) and female (minor injuries) both 15-years-old, were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. None of them were wearing a safety device.

Last Saturday at 1:38 p.m., a medical emergency is to blame for a single-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital.

A 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Ashley Bealmear, 34, of Columbia, MO was eastbound On Highway 52 just east of Brookside Road in Morgan County when the MSHP said she suffered a medical emergency that caused her to lose control.

The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole. Injured in the accident were:

 All four were wearing their safety devices. The vehicle was totaled in the accident.

Less than an hour later (2:24 p.m.) an accident involving a car and a horse and buggy injured three people in Morgan County.

The MSHP report stated that a 1995 Honda Accord, driven by Jordan Williams, 18, of California, MO, was travelling east on Route C west of Hopewell Road when the vehicle rear-ended a horse and buggy driven by Katherine Stauffer, 51, of Barnett, MO.

Williams received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s in Jefferson City. He was wearing his safety device.

Stauffer and a 12-year-old female passenger received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash.

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