An Owensville man remains hospitalized in Columbia, recovering from a serious head injury sustain in a boating crash Saturday evening on the Gasconade River.
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon said the crash involving a 21-foot long 2001 Alumagator boat driven by Justen D. Harness, 35, Owensville, occurred on the southern side of the river in Osage County near the 28-mile marker. Jason C. Kitchell, 38, Owensville, as passenger in the boat, was taken by Ozark Central ambulance to Capital Region Medical Center and transferred to University Hospital in Columbia with “critical” injuries said Dixon.
“No one actually witnessed the accident,” said Dixon who assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division during the investigation into the incident reported at 6:48 p.m. June 15.
The MSHP report indicates Harness lost control of the boat while traveling upstream, sideswiped the bank and struck a tree (see photo, right). Dixon said Kitchell was discovered still in the boat where he had been thrown under the covered front deck. Harness had minor injuries, according to the MSHP report.
The incident occurred “upriver from a private camping area where they were staying,” said Dixon. “Mr. Kitchell had critical, serious injuries. He had a pretty serious head injury. They took him to Capital Region and then to the University due to the extent of his injuries.”
A report by Cpl. J.M. Sellers notes the crash was seven miles downstream from the U.S. 50 bridge at Mt. Sterling.
Owensville firemen from the Mt. Sterling station responded to the call of a “boat into a tree.” Linn firemen also assisted at the scene, according to the MSHP report.
Dixon confirmed what Owensville firemen responding reported, that Parsons Lane off of Osage County Road 221 near the scene of the crash was heavily congested with typical weekend river traffic. Firemen were on the scene by 7:14 p.m.; ambulance personnel from Ozark Central reported both men were in the boat. “The boat is in the tree,” a dispatcher from Gasconade E-911 relayed to Owensville firemen.
Dixon said Harness was taken by the MSHP to the Osage County Sheriff’s station and was arrested at 9:05 p.m. on the allegation of boating while intoxicated. “The MSHP Water Division is seeking charges on Mr. Harness,” said Dixon. “He was booked and released from the Osage County Jail pending criminal charges. Mr. Harness sought private medical treatment. He refused transport (by ambulance).” The boat sustained extensive damage, the MSHP reported. Both men had been wearing a safety devise. It was classified as “falls within boat.”
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