A La Monte teenager was injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred in Pettis County early this morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a westbound 2005 Chevrolet, driven by 19-year-old Austin H. Schoenherr of La Monte, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Boonville Road, one-quarter mile east of Sedalia at 1:25 a.m., when the vehicle went airborne after crossing the Katy Trail. The Chevy then impacted the ground, traveled off the right side of the roadway, and struck a utility pole.

Schoenherr suffered serious injuries, and was transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center by PCAD. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the report.

The Chevy was totaled and towed from the scene by State Fair Towing.

Pettis County deputies assisted the Patrol.

Randy Kirby