Another Deadly Crash on Highway 50 in Moniteau County



NEW HAVEN, MO. – According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, Graden Lovelace, 20, of New Haven, MO, was involved in a crash with Joshua Blankenship, 27, of Sedalia Missouri on Saturday morning August 13th 2016.

The crash report states that Blankenship crossed the center line driving a 2000 Mistsubishi Eclipse on U.S . Highway 50, crashing head-on into Graden Lovelace and his 1992 Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck. The report says the two vehicles caught fire after the collision. Graden Lovelace was pronounced deceased on the scene by Moniteau County Coroner Lloyd Fulks at 1:02 a.m. The report also states that Blankenship suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition when he was transported by Mid Mo Ambulance and then the Staff For Life helicopter, to the University of Missouri Hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol report stated that Lovelace was wearing his seat belt, but Blankenship was not.

This is Troop F’s second fatal crash in the month of August and 42nd for 2016. The Highway Patrol says Joshua Blankenship, of Sedalia, was driving west on U.S. 50 near the Business 50 West junction when he crossed the center line and hit the pickup truck driven by Graden Lovelace head-on.

The accident was investigated by Tpr. B. A. Dettenwanger (1323) and he was assisted by Sgt. J. M. Toal (967). The accident report number is 160526388. Assisting the investigators were Tpr. W.J. Surface (977), Cpl. S. A. Ballard (127), Tpr. N.A. Cockrum (179), Tpr. H. H. Huntley (885) AND  Tpr. M. K. Halim (834).

The family of Graden Lovelace may have a claim against Joshua Blankenship’s insurance company. It is common in most cases that victims can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.

An experienced, serious injury attorney will advise the families and manage their claims against the big insurance companies. The attorney will protect their interests, so Graden Lovelace’s family can focus on their recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of the Lovelace family.

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Our prayers go out to the Lovelace and Blankenship families.


** Update:
Graden Lovelace 20-years-old of New Haven, MO died on August 13th in a vehicle crash. Visitation will be held at Memorial Baptist Church on Friday August 19th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the funeral service at 7 p.m. A second visitation will be held on Saturday August 20th at Asbury United Methodist Church in Foley, MO from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dinner will follow both services.

Memorials may be made to The Family of Graden Lovelace to be split between three scholarships: New Haven High School, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Asbury Bible Camp.

Arrangements by Carter-Ricks Funeral Homes.

Saturday night past high school classmates, teachers, friends, and family of Graden Lovelace held a candlelight vigil at Lions Baseball field in the New Haven City park after he was killed in a car accident shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

Individuals spoke about the person Lovelace was, almost everyone using words and phrases such as: caring, awesome, unique, inspiring, constantly wanting to help others and always smiling.

Even though it had been two years since graduating from New Haven High School, it was overwhelming to see all his classmates/friends and teachers who were touched by Lovelace.

Lovelace would be entering his third year at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he had been accepted into their Pharmacy Program.  Lovelace had also spent the summer working in the pharmacy at Walgreens.