California, Mo. man killed in crash

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A California, Mo. man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Thursday night in Moniteau County.

Waylon M. Martensen, 19, was pronounced dead at 3:58 a.m. by Dr. Joe Figaro at University Hospital in Columbia.

Bryce W. Pruitt, 20, of California, was taken to St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City with serious injuries.

The accident occurred at 10:57 p.m. as Pruitt was northbound on state Route K, south of Surprise Road, near California.

Pruitt’s vehicle went off the right side of the road. Pruitt then overcorrected and drove off the left side of the road.

The vehicle overturned and hit a tree, ejecting Pruitt and Martensen, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Pruitt and Martensen were not wearing seat belts, according to the report.


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