UPDATE: Three-car collision on I-70 leaves one person dead, one injured

Sunday, September 25, 2011 | 7:05 p.m. CDT; updated 1:24 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 26, 2011

This story has been updated to include the name of the deceased, as well as the make and model of her car. It also includes information about ticket citations and the location of the accident.

*Correction: Nicole Buffa was not wearing a seatbelt. An earlier version of the story said all parties wore seatbelts.

COLUMBIA — A three-car collision on Interstate 70 left one woman dead early Sunday afternoon.

A woman driving a 2000 Lexus west on I-70, just east of the Route Z exit in Boone County, lost control of her vehicle and drove through the median cables, hitting a 2001 Chevrolet that was heading east. Debris from the two cars then struck an eastbound 2008 Dodge Charger.

The driver of the Lexus, 19-year-old Nicole Buffa, of Lake St. Louis, suffered serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital. Audra B. Snyder, 43, of Topeka, Kan., was pronounced dead at University Hospital just before 2 p.m., according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol online traffic report.

The three people in the Dodge Charger were not injured. That car had minor damage and was driven from the scene.

"The investigation is still being continued, and we'll know in the next 48 hours if tickets will be issued," Germann said on Sunday afternoon. As of Monday morning, tickets had not yet been issued.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, Germann said. *He said Buffa was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Kimberlee Ouart September 26, 2011 | 5:42 p.m.

When Someone you love becomes a Memory
The Memory becomes a Treasure
My Treasure is now an Angel
For Audra from her sister

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