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JC Woman Dies After Crash

A Jefferson City woman dies in a Miller County crash.

The Highway Patrol says it happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 54 and Route FF, when a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Luis A. Narvarez of Jefferson City pulled over to the shoulder on westbound Highway 54. That’s when a car driven by Huayang Wang, 23, of Columbia struck the parked car from behind. Wang was unhurt, but everyone in the parked vehicle was injured.

Maria Martinez, 22, of Jefferson City was taken to Capitol Region Medical Center and then University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her child, 2-year-old Karla Gonzales, was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.

Narvarez and another passenger, 25-year-old Jorge Guevara, suffered moderate injuries. Troopers say Martinez and Guevara were not wearing seat belts, but the driver and child were buckled up.

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