The start of the New Year usually brings joy and excitement but, for some families the start was bitter. Although no reports have come in about any fatal accidents in the Lake area, there have been a few just outside. According to the Highway Patrol, 37 year old Shay Bohadana of Brigantine, New Jersey lost his life in the late hours New Years Eve after his driver, 46 year old Juan Diaz of West New York, New Jersey traveling on Interstate 44 near St. Robert, left the roadway, overturned into the median. Another incident took the life of 49 year old Paul Ferguson when he had left his truck to close a cattle gate on Callaway County Road 485 and the truck began to roll backwards on its own, running over him. Finally on New Years, 54 year old Jackie Cheatom was crossing Stadium blvd in Columbia when he was struck by a 56 year old driver then ran over by a 59 year old driver. An investigation is underway on that incident.