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 2, 2017

Man drowns after jumping off bridge, another dies on highway

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Two people have died in lake area accidents last week, one on the roads and another death by drowning.

The drowning occurred on Sunday July 23 in Miller County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Kevin Rowland, 58, of Brumley, MO, jumped from a bridge at the 18.5 Mile Marker of the Grand Glaize Arm, around 9:30 p.m., surfaced briefly and then went under the water.

He was pronounced dead by Miller County Coroner Tim Bradley at 11:30 p.m.

The MSHP said this was the fifth drowning for Troop F in July and the ninth for the year.

The road fatality happened last Wednesday (July 26) in Morgan County.

According to the MSHP, a 2005 Chrysler mini van was southbound on Route 135 just north of McCasland Rd at 9:45 a.m. when the driver, Richard Kent, 89, of Belton, MO,
“exited the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch, a fence and a tree.”

He was pronounced dead by Morgan County Assistant Coroner Jason Denman at 11 a.m. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

In other traffic accidents last week, on Sunday July 23, an Osage Beach man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Pier 31 Road south of Possum Ridge.

The MSHP stated that a 1989 Ford F250, driven by Joshua Hix, 35, of Osage Beach, MO, was northbound when the vehicle went off the left side of the road and overturned ejecting Hix.

He was Life Flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

Last Wednesday a Blue Springs MO woman, Cherie Harris, 36, was southbound on Route 52 at Hall Store Road in Miller County when her 2009 Ford Focus “exited the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and a tree.”

She received minor injuries and was transported to Fort Leonard Wood Hospital by Miller County. The MSHP said she was wearing a safety device.

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