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Woman dies in crash while traveling to her bachelorette party

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25840508_BG1MORGAN COUNTY, Mo.(KCTV) — A 26-year-old old Lee’s Summit woman was killed in a car crash while she was traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks for her bachelorette party.

Collette M. Moreno died at University Hospital in Columbia from her injuries. She was a passenger in a car that was trying to pass a second car when it collided with an oncoming car.

Moreno was wearing a seat belt.

The crash was reported at 2:52 p.m. Friday at Missouri Highway 5 and Prairie Valley Road in Morgan County.

Ashley M. Theobald, 26, of Kansas City, was driving a 2003 Chevy Malibu southbound when she attempted to pass another vehicle, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol report.

This occurred as Melvin E. Garber, 25, of Versailles, MO, was cresting a hill in his 1999 Dodge Ram. As the cars headed toward each other, both drivers swerved to avoid a collision.

The Dodge struck the passenger side of the Malibu, which then traveled off the left side of the road and crashed. The Ram traveled on the right side of the road and crashed.

Theobald was also wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. She was treated at University Hospital also.

Garber was also wearing a seat belt and did not suffer serious injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

According to a wedding website, Moreno was to get married in July. Theobald had excitedly posted on Facebook Friday morning about getting off work early to start the bachelorette weekend.

Moreno’s mother and much of her family are in California. Friends said she is survived by a 5-year-old son who is now struggling to understand why his Mommy isn’t coming home.

A website has been set up to help raise funds to pay for Moreno’s funeral and for her family’s travel costs to come to Missouri.


  • FaithC

    So sad, I feel so bad for that poor child. Condolences out to the family and friends. Special condolences to the child and the man that was to be her husband.

  • mm

    why is money being raised for her funeral? She didn’t have life insurance to pay for her own???? Why don’t the family chip in and pay for it and pay for their own travel. isn’t that what family is suppose to do?

  • Meredith Pierce Cameron

    26 year old women and their families often aren’t planning for the funeral of such a young person. We all know it could happen at any minute, but I would not criticize a 20 something for not having life insurance. If you don’t want to give to her accounts; don’t. It’s a tragedy plain and simple and some people want to help ease the emotional burden of unexpected loss. My condolences to the family and the poor driver who will blame herself for the rest of her life.

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