LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Multiple crashes left one man dead and several people injured in the Lake area, last weekend.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Friday, April 2 at around 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by 31-year-old Ronnie Larson went off the right side of the road, on Highway 7 near Velvet Antler Rd. Larson reportedly overcorrected and returned to the road, but the SUV overturned, went off the left side of the road, and collided with a tree and fence. Both Larson and a passenger, 34-year-old William Robinson, were ejected from the vehicle — the Patrol says neither was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene, and Larson was flown to University Hospital for treatment.
Two collisions on Sunday left three people seriously injured. The Patrol says a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer went off the right side of the road, on a curve, on Highway 135. The driver, 28-year-old Magen Rector, of Kansas City, Mo., reportedly overcorrected and the vehicle skidded off the left side of the road. The SUV hit a fence and overturned, coming to rest upside-down. Rector and a passenger, 61-year-old Thomas Eckstein, sustained serious injuries and were flown to University Hospital for treatment. Later Sunday afternoon, a 1994 Mazda pickup truck went off the right side of the road, on Route H. The driver, 18-year-old Trayton Jones, reportedly overcorrected and the vehicle overturned off the right side of the road and hit a highway sign. A 14-year-old male juvenile was seriously injured in the crash — the Patrol says he was not wearing a seat belt — and was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, for treatment.