One dead after car crash

Sunday, August 30, 2009 | 3:51 p.m. CDT; updated 5:23 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 31, 2009
A teddy bear and flowers memorialize the aftermath of the crash that killed Jennifer Stewart early Sunday morning on Highlands Court. When police arrived at the scene, they found Stewart's Jeep crashed into a tree and on fire.

COLUMBIA — A granddaughter of former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart was found dead after her car crashed into a tree early Sunday morning.

Jennifer C. Stewart, 29, of Columbia, was found dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday on Highlands Court near Bentpath Drive in far south Columbia, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.


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Police found the vehicle, a 1991 Jeep Cherokee, crashed into the tree and on fire when they arrived. No other vehicles or people were involved. According to the release, Stewart was traveling east on Highlands Court at a high rate of speed and traveled off the south side of the road.

Police said it appeared that Stewart was not wearing a seat belt.

Members of the department’s traffic unit will continue to investigate the crash.

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