Morgan County Crash Kills Man From Columbia

A man from Columbia was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Morgan County Saturday night. Highway Patrol reports indicate the crash occurred on Missouri Route 5, just before Route M-M, when a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Michael J. Paladino crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 68-year-old James D. Prchal, of Gravois Mills, head-on. Paladino was pronounced dead at the scene. Prchal and a passenger, 64-year-old Joan K. Olson of Omaha, Nebraska, both received moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment. Paladino was wearing a seat belt, Prchal and Olson were not. This is Troop F’s 6th fatality for August, and 31st of the year.