There is good news to report regarding the number of fatalities on Missouri’s roads and waterways. According to the Highway Patrol 29 people drowned in the state’s lakes and rivers compared with 38 in 2013. There were 15 boating fatalities in 2014 compared to 17 the previous year and preliminary statistics indicate 753 people were killed in traffic accidents compared to 757 in 2013. And that is a 40% decrease from the number of fatalities recorded in 2005. However those numbers are overshadowed by two local tragedies. In July four people were killed in a multi vehicle accident at the Niangua Bridge. 15 year old son, Donnie Schroeder survived the crash but had to undergo surgery and extensive rehabilitation. In another incident, 20 year old Brandon Ellingson drowned at the Lake in May while in the custody of the Highway Patrol.