Monday, May 26

Missouri State Water Patrol and Highway Patrol Weekend Fatality Report

Missouri Water Patrol has released the following information concerning fatalities that have occurred on Missouri waterways this weekend.

Billy Florence age 43 of Sheridan, AR. was tubing Sunday on the Eleven Point River which is located near the Myrtle Conservation Access in Couch, Mo., when he fell into the water due to an unknown medical problem. Nearby tubers were able to get him out of the water and start CPR. Florence was airlifted to the Popular Bluff Medical Center where he died this morning.

On Sunday a helicopter carrying 6 passengers was attempting to land at a private residence located at Sunrise Beach, Mo., on Lake of the Ozarks when it began spinning out of control and crashed into the lake.
One of the passengers, Zachery West age 9 of Eureka, Mo. body was recovered by divers this morning around 10:00 a.m.
Water Patrol ask all boaters to stay clear of the area while they attempt to lift the aircraft from the lake and clear the wreckage from that location.

Highway Patrol Fatality Report

Four fatalities have occurred since Friday on Missouri roadways.

Robert J. Harrison age 17 of Fair Play, Mo., was killed when he lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and became airborne and hit a pond embankment and went into the pond. The accident occurred on Rt. EE 2 miles East of Elkland in Webster County.

George BrakeBill age 74 of Pittsburgh, Mo., was killed when he lost control of vehicle, overturned and was ejected. Accident occurred in Hickory county 2 miles South of Pittsburgh, Mo.

John A. Rector age 60 of Cameron, Mo., was killed when his vehicle went left into the median and struck an emergency crossover and went airborne over the crossover and then overturned. Accident occurred on I 35 at the 28 mm in Clay County.

Ryan Chapman age 34 of Stigler, Ok., died when he ran off the road and over corrected, came back on the roadway and rolled off the roadway and across the median into Southbound Lane and was ejected. Accident occurred on US 71 4 miles South of Lamar.


Donald A. Hazeton age 89 of Eldorado Springs, MO., was killed in a head on collision on Rt. N 1 mile from Caplinger Mills in Cedar County.

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