New Haven man killed in Moniteau County accident

A New Haven man was killed early Saturday morning after a two-car wreck in Moniteau County.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol, Joshua F. Blankenship, 27, of Sedalia, was driving westbound on U.S. 50, just east of the Business 50 West junction, at 12:15 a.m. Saturday when he crossed the center line and hit head on a car driven by Graden D. Lovelace, 20, of New Haven.

After impact, both cars caught fire, and Lovelace was pronounced dead at the scene. Blankenship was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

According to the Patrol, Lovelace was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, while Blankenship was not.